December 11, 2018

ADAO President to Testify before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as Part of Expert Panel …


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest
independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S., today announced
that President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein will testify about the
dangers of asbestos on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT before
the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). She
will join an expert panel during a full committee hearing entitled, “Strengthening
Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats. ”

The hearing, to be held at 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building, will
examine the need for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform
to protect public health and our environment from chemicals.

Ms. Reinstein will discuss how the specific TSCA reform under
consideration through the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013″ (S. 696) is
critically flawed and jeopardizes public health and the environment. Her
testimony will examine the need to expedite action to prohibit imports,
and ban the manufacture, sale and export of asbestos-containing
products, while protecting each state’s ability to maintain or pass
stronger laws to regulate chemicals.

Reinstein will discuss the facts about the continued use of lethal
asbestos in the U.S., with ports in the states of Louisiana, Texas,
California and New Jersey still actively receiving and unloading
asbestos shipments. Reinstein will also reference the U.S. Geological
Survey’s (USGS) report that states that U.S. asbestos consumption in
2012 was estimated to be 1,060 tons. In the past two years, the nation
has seen an increase in asbestos consumption in the chloralkali industry
specifically, even though viable and affordable asbestos
substitutes exist.

“Most Americans trust that their air, soil and water are safe from toxic
contaminants; however, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has
failed to protect public health and our environment,” according to Ms.
Reinstein’s testimony. “Asbestos fibers are odorless, tasteless,
indestructible, and can be nearly 700 times smaller than a human hair.
All forms of asbestos can cause cancer and respiratory diseases.
Americans have lost confidence in the chemical industries’ ability to
protect us from toxins. Congress should draft and pass meaningful TSCA
reform legislation that truly strengthens protections for our families

and environment by preventing the further use of asbestos.”

Ms. Reinstein joins a panel of expert witnesses including Michael
Troncoso (Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General), Ken Cook
(President and Co-founder, Environmental Working Group), Daniel
Rosenberg (Senior Attorney, Natural Resource Defense Council), and

additional national experts on public health and the environment.

ADAO will deliver nearly 2,500 Ban
Asbestos petition
 supporter signatures to Congress as part of Ms.
Reinstein’s participation at the hearing.

Each year, an estimated 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related
disease: 3,000 from mesothelioma, 5,000 from lung cancer, and 2,000 from
other cancers or respiratory diseases. Between 2000 and 2010, 43,464
Americans died from mesothelioma and asbestosis – just two of the
leading asbestos-caused diseases.

“One life lost to a preventable asbestos-caused disease is tragic,” her
testimony concludes. “Hundreds of thousands of lives lost is

About ADAO

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was
founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to
give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights
are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos-related
diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by
volunteers. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Larkin, 202-391-5205


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