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.

ADAO Staff Briefing Video 
ADAO Staff Briefing Executive Summary
ADAO Staff Briefing Presenter Biographies 
ADAO Staff Briefing PowerPoint


    1. Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant 
    2. Lindsay Dahl, Beautycounter 
    3. Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group 
    4. Raja Flores, MD, Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 
    5. 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
    6. Liz Hitchcock, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families 
    7. Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association 
    8. Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States
    9. Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, American Public Health Association 
    10. Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
    11. Bob Sussman, Former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 Resources

Briefing Materials

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.