The U.S. Senate has declared April 1-7, 2017, as National Asbestos Awareness Week in its 13th annual resolution, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The resolution received bipartisan support and seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure,” Senate Resolution 98 states. (more…)
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Linda Reinstein, CEO and President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), has seen significant progress made in the fight to ban dangerous asbestos in the United States. This year alone, President Barack Obama made history by changing the future of chemical exposure by signing into effect the Frank. R Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976.
However, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans. (more…)
Known for being the largest U.S. importer of asbestos, the chlor-alkali industry may have to rely on a new mineral if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides to review the safety of asbestos under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The chlor-alkali industry utilizes asbestos regularly for its production of chlorine and caustic soda, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, accounted for 90 percent of the 358 tons of asbestos imported into the U.S. last year. Thankfully, the recently reformed TSCA will be taking 10 chemicals currently allowed in the country into evaluation and many experts believe asbestos should be among them. (more…)
Warren Zevon, the award-winning singer-songwriter known for such hits including “Werewolves of London” and “Guns and Money,” was a legend in his own right, not only because of his rock-n-roll past, but because he took control of his health by quitting smoking and drinking after becoming a father. Zevon’s son, Jordan, has since grown to an award-winning musician himself, as well as a spokesman for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Why did he choose to become an advocate for ADAO? His rock star father passed away from pleural mesothelioma in 2003. (more…)
On June 22, President Obama made history by changing the future of chemical exposure by signing into effect the Frank. R Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976. However, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must act quickly by making asbestos one of its first 10 chemicals under evaluation.
“The success of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act hinges on the EPA’s ability to prioritize asbestos in the first 10 hazardous chemicals and to expeditiously ban asbestos,” ADAO co-founder and president Linda Reinstein told Bloomberg BNA. (more…)
There is no denying the link between asbestos and the multitude of reported illnesses it has caused, including the fatal cancer mesothelioma. However, presidential candidate Donald Trump was recently called out by the news organization Mother Jones for his odd asbestos conspiracy theory:
“I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal,” Trump claimed in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback. “Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fireproofing material were taken to special ‘dump sites’ and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire.” (more…)
With nearly 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos-related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. (more…)
With more than 107,000 deaths occurring annually around the world due to asbestos exposure, awareness is key in protecting and educating the masses on the importance of asbestos education and preparedness. That’s why the U.S. nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has been holding an annual conference on the subject since 2005, over the years bringing together more than 300 speakers to discuss the joint efforts behind education, advocacy and awareness. (more…)
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), reports the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) has passed in the U.S. Senate and is now headed for the reconciliation process between the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. This legislation is the first significant overhaul of the primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976. The TSCA provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. (more…)
Mesothelioma victims face lives of uncertainty day-to-day due to their illness’s debilitating effects. However, one mesothelioma sufferer had just about given up when her life was significantly changed thanks to one drug – Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Now, she’d like to help other mesothelioma patients by helping to reduce the drug’s expensive price tag. (more…)