For Immediate Release
November 16, 2021
Linda Reinstein, ADAO, Discusses Asbestos is an Environmental Justice Issue at the White House Meeting
The statement below is from Linda Reinstein, co-founder and president of The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the nation’s largest independent nonprofit asbestos victims’ organization in the United States, in regard to meeting with the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council on November 17
Asbestos is an environmental issue that disproportionately affects Black, Brown, Indigenous and lower-income communities, who have become the dumping grounds for toxic chemicals and pollutants, including asbestos. The cycle of suffering for these communities, where chronic asbestos-related medical conditions like cancer, liver, kidney, heart, and lung diseases have become the norm, can only end with a complete asbestos ban.
From firefighters putting their lives on the line to extinguish fires in asbestos-ridden buildings, to children playing near landfills where asbestos materials are dumped, Americans remain at risk. To this day, asbestos continues to be found in homes, schools, workplaces, and on consumer shelves across the country.
Over 15 years ago I lost my husband to Mesothelioma, a preventable asbestos-caused cancer. No family should have to endure that kind of loss; we continue fighting to ensure that future generations will never have to. With the support of President Biden’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council, ADAO and its allies are confident that we can work to end this environmental injustice and finally ban asbestos once and for all.”
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Founded in 2004, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is the largest independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure to eliminate asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community initiatives. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.