October 19, 2018

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Presents to the Community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York Calling …


The Asbestos

Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) today announced that its
Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein, will be among the presenters
at a town hall meeting on April 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the neighborhood
of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. The meeting will focus on the need for
increased transparency around asbestos abatement in the community, and
reaffirm the need for a U.S. asbestos ban. Ms. Reinstein will be joined
by Dr. Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, Co-Founder of Sherpaa.

ADAO has been vigilantly following this community’s proactive awareness
campaign since first learning about the potential asbestos threat due to
asbestos abatement and demolition occurring in the neighborhood. A
recent blog entitled: Williamsburg
Community and ADAO: Demanding Truth, Answers, and Transparency about
, affirms ADAO’s support of the community. The upcoming town
hall meeting further reinforces this support and underscores the
importance of awareness and education when it comes to asbestos

“The fact is that our nation’s infrastructure is aging, and wherever
there are old factories, there is typically asbestos,” stated Ms.
Reinstein. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos
materials are disturbed during repairs, renovations, or demolition, and
the removal of the asbestos in an improper manner can result in
devastation for workers and the community. Asbestos was especially
prevalent in buildings up until the late 1970’s.

“The people in the Williamsburg community are surrounded by demolition
and renovation of buildings putting them at a significant risk. The
great news is that Williamsburg is building an effective model of action
that can be emulated across the nation,” she stated. The growing
Williamsburg demographic includes young urban families in their 30s and
40s who are technologically savvy and heavily engaged with public health
and safety issues. The awareness about asbestos abatement and other
environmental issues represents a “shift to get back to the wholesome
part of being an American, the way we once were, when we recognized how
important community is,” concluded Reinstein. “Too often community
rights are usurped. I see Williamsburg as empowering its residents with
knowledge and organizing to protect public health and their environment.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “If the
asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or could be
disturbed, there are two types of actions that can be taken by trained
and accredited asbestos professionals: repair and removal. Improper
removal may actually increase your and your family’s exposure to

asbestos fibers.”

Town Hall Meeting Information:
Monday, April 29, 6:30 PM

338 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211

Free to the public

Asbestos is carcinogenic to humans in all forms according to the World
Health Organization
, and unsafe at any level of exposure according
to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
. Despite these facts, and a second
Surgeon General warning of its hazards, asbestos continues to be
imported to the U.S., as documented by the U.S.
Geological Survey
(USGS), and the need for a U.S. ban continues. In
the U.S., ten thousand people die every year from asbestos exposure,
equaling 30 deaths a day.

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)

Doug Larkin

Director of Communications




Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Presents to the Community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York Calling …

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