SENATOR TESTER’S RELEASE: Tester, Daines Designate National Asbestos Awareness Week


March 23, 2021


Washington, DC—The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community work, praised the Senate today for introducing the 16th Resolution establishing April 1 – 7 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” 

Led by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), the resolution is intended to raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure. 

“On behalf of ADAO, I am incredibly grateful to Senator Jon Tester and the five original cosponsors Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) who introduced the bipartisan 16th ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’ Resolution,” said Linda Reinstein the president and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. “Asbestos claims the lives of over 40,000 Americans every year, yet imports and use continue. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and there is no safe level of exposure. We look forward to the Senate swiftly passing this resolution to educate the American public about the ongoing threats from asbestos exposure,” Reinstein continued. 

“Montanans know all too well the dangers of asbestos, but tragically, exposure to this dangerous substance is still far too common,” Tester said. “As cleanup continues in Lincoln County, this resolution will help ensure more folks know about the risks of asbestos exposure, and arm them with the information they need to protect themselves from it.”

“Too many Montanans have tragically suffered at the hands of asbestos,” Daines said. “We must continue to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos, and prevent what happened in Libby and Troy from occurring again. We need to work together to protect the health of Montanans across the state and shed a light on the serious medical implications of asbestos exposure.”


About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. that is dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights.

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