March 4, 2004

Asbestos: Think Again: Related Weblinks


"USAction is fighting to protect and promote the rights of workers and other individuals who were knowingly poisoned by asbestos manufacturers and their insurance companies."
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International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

Asbestos Paper: A Lethal Commodity
Canadian-based Asbestos Institute issues press release on asbestos paper. Scientists found the paper contained up to 80% raw chrysotile (white asbestos) fibers.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Inc.
"Our Mission is to eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease."

American Lung Association
"The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health."

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected. This includes the right to medical research and treatments aimed at early detection, prevention and a cure for asbestos related diseases; the right to file suit based on the merits of our individual asbestos related injustice; and the right to fair compensation.


"An Air That Kills, by Andrew Schneider and David McCumber

"Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America, by Michael Bowker


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Public Health Statement for Asbestos

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

"CPSC Warns About Asbestos in Consumer Products: Safety Alert"

"Asbestos in the Home"

U.S. Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


The asbestos industry spent more than $1 million a month — a whopping $36,000 a day — in the first six months of 2003 lobbying for asbestos reform legislation, making the issue one of the priciest lobbying fights of the year. The National Association of Manufacturers spent an additional $180,000 on the issue. (Roll Call 11/10/03. "Asbestos Sparks Big Spending.")

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Asbestos Issues Page

Press Release: Chamber Urges Congress to Solve Crippling Asbestos Crisis, Commends Hatch on Asbestos Litigation Hearing

Press Release: U.S. Chamber Applauds Lawmakers' Asbestos Action-Final Agreement Needed to End Legal Morass
"There is not a single legal issue more potentially damaging to the U.S. business community and our economy as a whole than asbestos litigation."
— Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber.

U.S. Chamber Releases Study on Impact of Asbestos Lawsuits, Research Shows Negative Effect on Communities and Workers
"Over 60 companies have filed for bankruptcy because of asbestos claims, putting 60,000 employees out of work," said Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "If that weren't bad enough, these closings have caused a devastating trickle-down impact on towns and businesses all across America, where economic well-being depended on those now-bankrupt companies. This is one more reason why Congress must act quickly to fix this problem."

The Asbestos Alliance
"The Asbestos Alliance is a non-profit organization comprised of asbestos defendant companies, trade associations, insurers and others seeking congressional legislation to solve America's asbestos litigation crisis."

The Asbestos Institute, "Responsible Management of a Natural Resource"
"The Asbestos Institute is dedicated to promoting the safe use of asbestos in Canada and throughout the world."