Asbestos Disease Organization to Attend Key Hearings

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced that representatives from the organization will attend key Congressional hearings on asbestos, scheduled to take place on July 31 and August 1.

The first hearing is before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and will include a full mark-up of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)’s Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007, a bill which is fully supported by ADAO. The second hearing will be before the Legislative Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee and will examine the Capitol Power Plant Utility Tunnels and those who work there. It will include testimony from employees who have been adversely affected by related asbestos exposure from the tunnels. ADAO has been in full support of the Capitol tunnel workers through their negotiations with the Architect of the Capitol.

Senator Murray’s Ban Asbestos in America Act suggests that all use and production of asbestos be banned in America. She hopes that the bill will result in public education campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of the toxic mineral as well as expand research and treatment for asbestos-related diseases.

Murray says the bill will also “authorize additional studies to determine which commercial products today still contain asbestos, increase funding for asbestos-related diseases, and call for a national mesothelioma registry to help public health professionals track this deadly asbestos-related disease.”

“It is an intense statement from Congress when hearings are held back to back in both chambers that address the deadly nature of asbestos”, said Linda Reinstein, Executive Director and Cofounder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), in a press release from the organization. ADAO is pleased to have the opportunity to show our support for increased education and awareness about this critical issue. Senator Murray continues to show great strength and leadership as she leads the fight to have this deadly substance banned forever. Her efforts and the rising voice of victims is helping to keep everyone – from Capitol tunnel workers to children who hugged their fathers after work – safe from the future effects of asbestos. We look forward to the day when asbestos disease will no longer needlessly claim lives.

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