Posted on April 29, 2020


Though right now we are focusing on distancing physically, we do not need to distance socially! Instead, we should utilize this time of uncertainty to come together as a community. In that light, ADAO would like to invite you to join our third virtual community event on May 13, at 2 pm ET, featuring Dr. Jacqueline Moline and Robert Sussman, who will discuss asbestos, talc, policy, and prevention. Following the conversation, we will open up the meeting for a Q&A where Dr. Moline, Mr. Sussman, and I will answer any talc/asbestos safety, prevention, and legislative questions you may have.

Talc, a widely used mineral, has been in the limelight because of reports that asbestos has been detected in some talc-based baby powder, makeup and other personal care products. Dr. Moline has done groundbreaking work on the link between use of these products by women and the occurrence of asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Asbestos contamination is also a concern for crayons and other children’s products and may be a source of risk for the many workers who are exposed to talc during its numerous industrial uses. EPA’s recent draft risk evaluation for asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act doesn’t assess the risks of talc-based products and, unless EPA addresses this omission, the Agency will overlook an important potential contributor to asbestos risk that should be carefully investigated.     

Dr. Moline is an Occupational Medicine specialist and professor of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention and Internal Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago and then completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Yale University and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she obtained her Masters of Science degree. She is the former Director of the NIOSH funded New York/New Jersey Education and Research Center in Occupational Safety and Health. After 19 years on the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Moline joined Northwell Health as the founding Chairperson of the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention. She continues to maintain a clinical practice, focusing on patients with occupational exposures such as asbestos. Since 2001, many of Dr. Moline’s endeavors have been centered on the medical evaluation and treatment of World Trade Center (WTC) responders. While at Mount Sinai, she directed the WTC health program, which she now runs at Northwell Health in Queens, NY. 

Robert Sussman, JD, is the principal in Sussman and Associates, a consulting firm that offers advice on energy and environmental policy issues to clients in the non-profit and private sectors. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and s a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School. Bob served in the Obama Administration as Co-Chair of the Transition Team for EPA and then as Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator from 2009-2013. He served in the Clinton Administration as the EPA Deputy Administrator during 1993-94. At the end of 2007, Bob retired as a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he headed the firm’s environmental practice in DC. Bob is a magna cum laude 1969 graduate of Yale College and a 1973 graduate of Yale Law School. During this call, Dr. Moline will discuss talc and asbestos, giving details on the dangers of talc, and where it can be found. Robert Sussman will discuss the policy and prevention of asbestos, and how talc fits into EPA initiatives under TSCA and bi-partisan legislation in Congress  to ban asbestos once and for all.

If you would like to participate in this event, please RSVP using this google form and we will send you a code to join the Zoom event!

We look forward to gathering virtually for another exciting Zoom event! Although we are apart, we are never alone. 

Linda Reinstein
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