ADAO PowerPoint: “Asbestos Consumption in the USA”

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 6, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms US Consumption of Asbestos Fiber Increased 13% in 2011

Asbestos, a Known Human Carcinogen, Has Not Been Banned in the USA

Los Angeles, CA.  – August 6, 2012. The following statement was issued today by Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), regarding the 2011 US Geological Mineral Yearbook confirming the US consumption of asbestos fiber Increased 13%.

“As a Mesothelioma widow and asbestos awareness advocate, I was appalled and shocked by the 2011 US Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Yearbook (Advance Release) which reported ‘apparent consumption of asbestos was calculated to be 1,180 metric tons in 2011, a 13% increase from 1,040 metric tons.’

Asbestos remains legal and lethal in the United State.  USGS reported, ‘that 140 metric tons of chrysotile imported in 2011 went into stocks for future use rather than being used because it was unlikely that markets had expanded. Roofing products accounted for 41% of U.S. consumption.’  The facts are irrefutable, asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.

In 1977, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared asbestos a human carcinogen, yet occupational, environmental, and consumer exposure continues throughout the United States. More than 10,000 Americans die every year from asbestos-caused diseases such as Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, and Lung Cancer.

On behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), I am calling on Congress and the President to protect public health and immediately prohibit the importation of raw asbestos and asbestos-containing products from crossing our borders. I have lost my husband, Alan, to mesothelioma, a disease caused from asbestos exposure. Nothing can bring him or the hundreds of thousands of other victims back to life, but we can begin by aggressively preventing exposure thus eliminating deadly diseases.”


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