Trade group supports asbestos use in Russian space industry

27 Oct 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Trade group supports asbestos use in Russian space industryChrysotile Alliance, an International Trade Union, issued a media release that it is applauding the decision of Russian space industry specialists to use products containing the white chrysotile in materials used for in-orbit objects, such as the -cement laminate on the vehicle skin.

“Vehicle skin is a special aluminum composite only about a millimeter thick, covered by two-layer thermal insulation, the top layer consisting of an asbestos-cement laminate, and the bottom layer consisting of ‘light thermal insulation material,’” according to Mikhail Kotov, a L!FE correspondent.

Chrysotile is the most common form of asbestos, a durable, fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in construction, friction, and shipbuilding materials. It can also be found in materials used in the International Space Station. “Asbestos is able to withstand the harsh environment of outer space and perform its functions property despite radiation, ultra-low temperatures, weightlessness, and other factors,” the Chrysotile Alliance media release stated.

Asbestos is banned in more than 60 countries because exposure to the microscopic fibers of asbestos can lead to serious diseases like lung cancer and , a rare but deadly form of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or chest. It can take 10 to 50 years for to develop. Once diagnosed, the disease typically proves deadly within 12 to 24 months.

Asbestos is still used in the United States, but its use is largely restricted due to its health risks. The Chrysotile Alliance has taken the position that chrysotile asbestos is “an absolutely safe material when used according to standard procedures of controlled use,” and seeks to reverse laws that limit its use.

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