Canada blocks asbestos ban

3 Apr 2008 by under Events, News, Video

A video produced by “theREALnews.com” reports on a recent development that shocked many people, when Canada refused to ban asbestos as part of a national toxic trade treaty (The Rotterdam Convention).The treaty creates a list of harmful chemicals that companies cannot export without “informed consent” from the receiving country. Chrysotile asbestos was on the list of items to be included as banned as toxic substances. Canada (along with 5 other countries) blocked the inclusion of Chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile is one of the three main kinds of asbestos mined.Canada has traditionally been one of the largest exporters of asbestos (mainly to third-world countries, like India).At the recent Asbestos Day conference, I leanred there is a huge argument in the asbestos industry, where they are trying to say that Chrysotile asbestos isn’t “as dangerous” or dangerous at all, because its shape is different than the other two main forms of mined asbestos, amosite and crocidolite.This video says that Canada’s refusal to ban asbestos is tied to its concern that by acknowledging asbestos’ danger, the government will be responsible for the hundreds of thousands of people in Canada that are now sick with asbestos disease (not to mention people unemployed by mine closures), which is a huge number in areas where these asbestos mines were located, and in the industrial areas where asbestos coated equipment, such as in electrical / power generating plants.This video features Barry Castleman, who spoke at the conference, who is an independent consultant in toxic substances control and author of several books, including most recently, Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects.The discussion of what’s going on in Canada was a big part of the conference.This is a great piece.


 

4 Responses to “Canada blocks asbestos ban”

  1. Mike Crill

    Wendi, Hi. you would think with all the experience, all the knowledge and who travel all over the country speeking9making damn good money mind you) and testifying about/against the dangers of asbestos.Mr.Cassleman is and has been fully aware of Libby Montana and the asbestos contamination and exposure.We all know now about the Tremolite asbestos exposure and Libby.So when Mr.Castleman was giving a speech here at the U of M on Libby and asbestos, during public comment I took the mike and asked Mr.Castleman to respond to this question.”Do you Mr. Castleman believe Libby Mt is safe today and would you say Libby is unsafe, knowing what you know today.Well, Mr. Castleman would not address that nor would he commit to the truth that Libby Mt is not a safe place to anything that breathes.Mr.Castleman side tracked the question and that was that.I have to ask why Mr.Castleman who knows people continue to be exposed to Tremolite asbestos in Libby, since 1999 and knows Libby is being sold as safe.So much for the issue/concern for the people huh?As far as I am concerned from my point of view…What good is Mr.Castleman when he can and does not speak the truth when asked.Knowing hundres of people would be saved, just with his public statement.Now you can figure that one out huh???What is being done to stop people from Libby Mt???Someday…someday….

  2. BeasleyAllen

    Hi Sean,

    Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad that you are finding
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    to help. There are so many great organizations out there working hard to
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    Hopefully, by working together, we can eliminate this disease for future
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    Sincerely,
    Wendi Lewis

  3. Sean

    This was some pretty astonishing news. I found more helpful information about mesothelioma in Canada at that link.

  4. BeasleyAllen

    Hi Sean,

    Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad that you are finding

    helpful information on this site. Please let us know if there is

    anything in particular that you're looking for, and we'll be glad to try

    to help. There are so many great organizations out there working hard to

    raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

    Hopefully, by working together, we can eliminate this disease for future

    generations!

    Sincerely,

    Wendi Lewis