The Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is urging the government to take action and ban the importation of asbestos following the release of a report that documents a spike in U.S. asbestos consumption during the first half of 2011.
Linda Reinstein, who founded the ADAO after her husband became sick with mesothelioma and passed away, wrote in a statement that she was “appalled and shocked” by recent data in the 2012 United States Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries that showed asbestos consumption listed at 1,100 metric tons from January through July of 2011.
The figure represented a substantial increase from the consumption figure of 820 metric tons documented over the same seven month period in the same report one year earlier. The 280 metric ton difference represents a 34 percent increase in consumption.
Reinstein continued that the figures in the report run against the information that the asbestos industry has been arguing for years; that both the importation of asbestos from other countries and the levels of asbestos exposure that the public faces have been in decline.
In the wake of the report, she called on Congress and the President to “immediately prohibit the importation of raw asbestos and asbestos-containing products from crossing our borders to protect public health.”
“Nothing can bring [my husband] or the hundreds of thousands of other victims back to life, but we can begin by aggressively preventing exposure thus eliminating deadly diseases,” she said.
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