9th ADAO Senate Staff Briefing Resources

Asbestos: Impact on Consumer Safety, Public Health, and Asbestos Victims’ Civil Rights” 

February 23, 2016  Washington, D.C.


  • Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO/Co-Founder (CA)
  • Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Patient (UT)
  • Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient (MN)
  • Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Patient (MO)
  • Marilyn Amento, Mesothelioma Widow (PA)

*This presentation is dedicated to Sarah,  Mesothelioma Warrior. 

Important Links

Legislation Discussed:

The Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act (S.700) sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act (S.357) sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Five Top Asbestos Facts:

1. Asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.

2. Asbestos has not been banned and imports continue.

3. Asbestos kills between 12,000 – 15,000 Americans each year.

4.  Asbestos is still found in homes, schools, offices, and consumer products.

5. Americans cannot identify asbestos or manage the health risk.