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Linda Reinstein: Miles for Meso: “Asbestos: Still Lethal and Legal in the United States”

Linda Reinstein: Miles for Meso: “Asbestos: Still Lethal and Legal in the United States”






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    Linda Reinstein: Miles for Meso: “Asbestos: Still Lethal and Legal in the United States” Linda Reinstein: Miles for Meso: “Asbestos: Still Lethal and Legal in the United States” Presentation Transcript

    • “Asbestos: Still Lethal and Legal in the United States” Miles for Meso Symposium LINDA REINSTEIN Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President/CEO and Co-FounderFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • ADAO Dedication Larry Davis, Mesothelioma PatientFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Education. Advocacy. CommunityFeb 11, 2012 www.adao.us Linda@adao.us
    • Alan Reinstein, former ADAO President Mesothelioma Victim May 2005 May 2006
    • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Asbestos Victims Community Patients Exposed to Asbestos Decedents Families
    • Two Actions to End Mesothelioma 1. Prevent Asbestos Exposure! 2. Find a Cure!Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Asbestos is a Known Human Carcinogen and There is No Safe Level of ExposureFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • How Small is Asbestos? 2-3 rice grains 20,000 Asbestos Fibers 5-6 human hairsFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Building a Culture of Prevention The International Social Security Association reported that the “cost-benefit potential for investments in prevention may be as strong as 1 : 2.2, and even higher in some cases.”Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Asbestos Timeline • 1907 First case of asbestos-related disease discussed in the medical literature • 1927 The name asbestosis applied to lung scarring caused by asbestos. • 1929 Workers begin suing Johns Manville for damages caused by asbestos. • 1930 First epidemiology study showing asbestos causes asbestosis and set forth methods to prevent this disease indicating it is asbestos not the job that kills. • 1955 Dr. Richard Doll publishes study-linking asbestos to lung cancer. • 1964 Irving Selikoff describes the incidence of asbestos related disease among end product users of asbestos in his study of North American Insulation workers. • 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act passed resulting in the first workplace standard for asbestos in 1972. • 1971 EPA lists asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant. • 1976 The International Agency for Research on Cancer list asbestos as a human carcinogen and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health calls for a ban on asbestos in US workplaces. • 1989 EPA promulgates Asbestos Ban and Phase – Out Rule which was overruled by the 5th US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • 2006 “The most efficient way to eliminateasbestos-related diseases is to stop using all types of asbestos.” The World Health OrganizationFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • “As many as 30 million homes and businesses are insulated with lethal asbestos-tainted vermiculite.” “Ten years ago, then-EPA investigator, Keven McDermott, crawled through an attic in Manchester, Washington, confirming the presence of 130 bags of asbestos-containing Zonolite insulation.”Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Exposure Continues from Libby, the U.S. Capitol Tunnels andWTCFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Domestic Production and Use THE UNITED STATES IS DEPENDENT ON IMPORTS TO MEET MANUFACTURING NEEDS. Asbestos consumption in the United States was estimated to be 1,100 metric tons, based on asbestos imports through July 2011, an increase of 34% from last year. Roofing products were estimated to account for about 60% of U.S. consumption, chloralkalai industry 35%, and unknown applications, 5%.”Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • U.S. Consumption (Metric Tons in Thousands) 2,000 1,800 1,600 1,400 1,200 1,000 (Metric Tons in 800 Thousands) 600 400 200 0 * 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 *Through July 2011 only.Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Asbestos, Quebec, CanadaFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Chrysotile Tailings and Runoff Quebec, CanadaFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Environmental and Occupational Exposure ContinuesFeb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • U.S. Asbestos: Top Five Facts1. The World Health Organization, International Labour Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Surgeon General agree: asbestos is a human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.2. More than 10,000 Americans die every year from preventable asbestos- caused diseases.3. Asbestos has not been banned in the United States4. The United States still imports raw asbestos and contaminated consumer products5. Construction workers are 11 times more likely to develop mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at the site.Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Larry Davis 2012 Alan Reinstein Award Honoree Larry Davis, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with The Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.Feb 11, 2012 Linda@adao.us
    • Linda@adao.usFeb 11, 2012