December 11, 2018

Baron and Budd Warns about Asbestos Exposure During Hurricane Sandy Recovery


As recovery begins in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the issue of
asbestos exposure from demolished homes is gaining national attention.

Asbestos was widely used through the mid 1970s in residential and
commercial construction, even when asbestos’ link to cancer was known.
Though asbestos is harmless when left undisturbed, the wide destruction
of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy can lead to the release of
asbestos fibers. Once inhaled or ingested, the fibers can become lodged
in the lungs or abdomen and, decades later, cause mesothelioma or
another asbestos disease.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent
non-profit dedicated to banning asbestos and raising public awareness,
has taken the lead in warning people about the dangers of asbestos in
the cleanup process and was recently quoted in the Huffington Post.

“Although I’m happy that people are paying attention to the dangerous
effects of asbestos, it’s unfortunate that it took a natural disaster as
devastating as Hurricane Sandy to bring the issue to the forefront,”
said Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and co-founder of ADAO. “I hope
the renewed national awareness about asbestos leads to a national ban on
this terrible carcinogen.”

An estimated 2,600 tons of asbestos debris were removed after the 2011
tornado in Joplin, Mo. The amount of asbestos released by Hurricane
Sandy is yet to be determined.

The use of asbestos is still not banned in the United States. A 2012
U.S. Geological Survey reported a 13 percent increase in “asbestos

consumption” in the U.S. from 2010 to 2011, for a total of 1,180 tons.
Forty-one percent of that asbestos ended up in roof products.

To find out what you can do to help support the ban on asbestos, visit here.

To donate to the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy, visit here.

and Budd
is a supporter of the Asbestos Disease Awareness
Organization (ADAO) and an advocate of a ban on asbestos.


Baron & Budd

Susan Knape, 214-629-0596


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Baron and Budd Warns about Asbestos Exposure During Hurricane Sandy Recovery

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