Asbestos Laws Do Not Protect the Public: New petition recommends stronger
Ban Asbestos Bill.
Physicians, scientists and others who have seen firsthand
how asbestos can harm the public are signing a petition to the House of
Representatives asking members to pass stronger laws to ban asbestos
and outlaw the importation and use of asbestos-containing products,
according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
Exposure to asbestos is known to cause
serious illnesses such as mesothelioma,
asbestos-related lung cancer or asbestosis.
Some of those who signed the petition are the same medical professionals that
testified for Sen. Patty Murray in her six-year-long effort to pass a ban.
However, they say, the bill, SB742, doesn't go far enough to protect the public
from asbestos exposure.
The Intelligencer reports that the Senate
version of the Bill would not have outlawed asbestos from vermiculite, talc,
taconite and other sources of contamination.
The article says that Dr.,
Michael Harbut, who is co-director, National Center for Vermiculite and
Asbestos-Related Cancers at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, spoke out agains the
Bill, saying, "What the Senate passed would even allow asbestos fibers to be
present in everything from road patch to stuffed teddy bears." Harbut is chief,
Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Wayne State
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