November 15, 2018

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Outraged by Shortcomings of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent
non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating asbestos disease,
stated today that it cannot support the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act

of 2013” (S. 1009) without significant improvements to protect the
public from dangerous chemicals, such as asbestos. While the chemical
industry is pleased with the bill, ADAO and the majority of other
environmental and public health groups do not support the current

“We are encouraged by bipartisan efforts to overhaul the outdated and
ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from 1976, but we cannot
support it unless critical clarifications and changes are adopted,” said
Linda Reinstein, ADAO Co-Founder and mesothelioma widow. “Asbestos
victims are outraged to see ADAO’s suggested amendments regarding
asbestos stripped from S. 1009. The facts are irrefutable – asbestos is
a known carcinogen. Congress has known for more than 100 years that
asbestos exposure causes diseases, yet exposure continues. ADAO urges
Congress immediately amend S. 1009. One life lost from an
asbestos-caused disease is tragic; hundreds of thousands of lives lost
is unconscionable.”

ADAO wrote a letter voicing their concerns to Chairman of the Senate and
Environment and Public Works Committee Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and
Sen. David Vitter, Ranking Member (R-LA). Additionally, this week, ADAO
will launch their seventh “six-word quote campaign,” in which they
invite asbestos disease patients and their families to write succinct
messages to Congress about how asbestos has affected their lives. Past
quotes submitted include “Asbestos has stolen my Dad’s life…stop the
killing” and “Asbestos is a creeping thief – stealing families.”

“Mesothelioma is an awful disease,” said Janelle Bedel, a 37-year-old
mesothelioma patient who is now in hospice care in Indiana. “We need
Congress to take action to prevent others from becoming sick from deadly
preventable disease. However, if the legislation as currently written
becomes law, future generations of Americans will fall victim to
mesothelioma and other life-changing afflictions from exposure to
dangerous chemicals. Americans need to know asbestos is deadly and has
not been banned in the U.S. There are over 3,000 different

asbestos-containing products that are still shipped to the U.S. every

The World

Health Organization (WHO) states that all forms of asbestos are
carcinogenic to humans and may lead to mesothelioma, lung, larynx,
ovarian cancer, and respiratory diseases. WHO estimates that 107,000
workers die every year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma
and asbestosis. Each day, 30 Americans die from asbestos-caused diseases.

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos
victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims
and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global
organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through
education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Doug Larkin

Director of Communications



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