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Linda Reinstein: The North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Caused Diseases


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Linda Reinstein: The North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Caused Diseases

Declaration Calls on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama to take action on asbestos

Sign the Declaration petition online at

Linda Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma in 2003. In 2004, she co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), where she continues to serve as President/CEO. The mission of ADAO is to be the voice of the victims, uniting individuals and families worldwide who have been affected by asbestos-related diseases.

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Linda Reinstein: The North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Caused Diseases

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  2. 2. “North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease” December 8, 2011 LINDA REINSTEINAsbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) President/CEO and Co-Founder
  3. 3. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen107,000 workers die annually from asbestos-related disease There is no safe level of exposure
  4. 4. How small is asbestos? 2-3 rice grains 20,000 Asbestos Fibers 5-6 human hairs
  5. 5. Global Production (Metric Tons)Russia 1,000,000China 350,000Brazil 270,000Kazakhstan 230,000Canada 100,000Other countries 20,000United States 0World total (rounded) 1,970,000
  6. 6. Top Five Users (Metric Tons)China 613,760India 426,363Russia 263,037Brazil 139,153Indonesia 111,848
  7. 7. Domestic Production and Use THE UNITED STATES IS DEPENDENT ON IMPORTS TO MEET MANUFACTURING NEEDS.Asbestos consumption in the United States was estimated tobe 820 tons, based on asbestos imports through July 2010.Roofing products were estimated to account for about 72%of U.S. consumption and other applications, 28%.
  8. 8. Exporting an Epidemic “A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the market for asbestos, a carcinogen now banned or restricted in 52 countries. Scientists say asbestos may cause up to 10 milliondeaths by 2030, with a mounting toll in the developing world.”
  9. 9. Board of Directors Bernard Coulombe Clément Godbout, Chairman of the International Chrysotile Association Jean-Marc Leblond
  10. 10. Deadly misinformation Continues “For safe and responsible use of chrysotile” November 24, 2011 Newsletter
  11. 11. Baljit ChadhaCanadian Chrysotile Asbestos Exporter
  12. 12. Asbestos Lobbyists at the World Congress in
  13. 13. Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
  14. 14. Chrysotile Tailings and Runoff Quebec, Canada
  15. 15. Canadian ChrysotileLAB Chrysotile Empty LAB Chrysotile bagsQuebec, Canada in Indonesia