Posted August 25, 2020
15th ADAO Congressional Staff Briefing Resources
August 25th, 2020 Washington, D.C. from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
This briefing is dedicated to Mike, an amazing Mesothelioma Warrior and beloved member of the community, who passed away in April 2020.
- Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
- Lindsay Dahl, Beautycounter
- Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group
- Raja Flores, MD, Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia
- Liz Hitchcock, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
- Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
- Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States
- Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, American Public Health Association
- Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
- Bob Sussman, Former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator
The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 Resources
- The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN) (S. 717) and (H.R. 1603)
- ADAO Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 Position Paper
- ARBAN S. 717 Sponsor and Cosponsors
- ARBAN H.R. 1603 Sponsor and Cosponsors
- ARBAN Legislative Hearing (May 2019)
- ARBAN Manager’s Amendment (November 2019)
- STUDY: Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Workers in Sri Lanka by B. Aseni Wickramatillake, MBBS, MPH, Menaka A. Fernando, BCOM, MPH, and Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD, Professor of Public Health
- STUDY: Racial Disparities in Treatment Patterns and Survival Among Surgically Treated Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Patients by Naomi Alpert, Maaike van Gerwen, Meredith Steinberg, Nisha Ohri, Raja Flores, and Emanuela Taioli
- American Public Health Association: Policy Statement: Elimination of Asbestos (2019)
- American Public Health Association: Policy Statement: Elimination of Asbestos (2009)
- NEJM: “A Most Reckless Proposal — A Plan to Continue Asbestos Use in the United States” by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Richard Lemen, Ph.D
- ADAO’s New “EPA’s Failure to Ban Asbestos: The Impact from 1989 – 2019 on Public Health, Environment, and the Economy” Report
- ADAO 2019 Chlor-Alkali Report
- EPA Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos
ADAO Educational Resources
Key Asbestos Facts
- Each year, an estimated 40,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases.
- Asbestos imports, use, and asbestos contaminated consumer products and cosmetics continues.
- Legacy asbestos exposure continues in homes, schools and workplaces.
- In 2019, an estimated 170 metric tons of raw asbestos was imported from Russia for the chlor-alkali industry, the sole user of raw asbestos.
- As a result of the EPA asbestos ban in 1989 which was overturned in 1991, asbestos imports and use continue even though safer substitutes exist.
- Nearly 70 countries have banned asbestos.
- 2013 NIOSH study: “The population of firefighters in the study had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. population as a whole. This was the first study ever to identify an excess of mesothelioma in U.S. firefighters.”
- The bicameral Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) would ban importation and use of asbestos, and asbestos-containing products within one year of enactment, require a legacy asbestos study, and improve chemical data reporting.
- ARBAN has nearly 70 Members as sponsors and cosponsors.
- ARBAN is supported by AGs, AFL-CIO, APHA, NRDC, EWG, Beautycounter, and many other large organizations.
- ARBAN was voted out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C) with a strong bipartisan margin of 47-1 on November 19, 2019.
- ADAO received documents from Region 10 EPA career staff voicing concerns and disagreeing with Trump’s EPA asbestos policies and implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.