"Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007"-A Good Start To An Old Problem
Editor: Brandon West
Profession: Brayton Purcell LLP
March 04, 2007
By Brandon Smith
Category: Asbestos News
Recent debate has sparked the necessary movement toward an outright ban of asbestos use in the United States as of late and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has now taken these efforts one-step further through the introduction of her legislation, "Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007." The legislation, which has gained the support of many renown doctors and civic organizations alike, is geared toward mandating a reduction of asbestos containing products and materials over time with the eventual goal of achieving a total ban of the deadly product within the next few years. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Dr. Harvey Pass of the NYU School of Medicine see this as a great step toward eliminating a product that has caused the death of thousands and is expected to cause thousands more in the future.
According to earthtimes.org:
Dr. Pass, a leading mesothelioma researcher, explained why asbestos exposure remains a serious threat to the health of Americans, "the mesothelioma victims of today built our country as pipe fitters, insulators, boilermakers, electricians and shipbuilders, among others, and a third of today's mesothelioma victims served the U.S. on Navy ships or shipyards. Families have been destroyed by second hand fiber exposure when these heroes brought asbestos from their livelihood into their home." Pass praised the legislation Senator Murray introduced today for placing a high priority on federal funding for mesothelioma research and mandating a collaborative effort be made among the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs to find the disease in its early stages so that newer therapies can prolong patients' lives.
Any steps toward eradicating the use of asbestos in the United States and aboard is great news for this author. As a mesothelioma asbestos lawyer, I see countless of lives and families affected by years and years of prolonged exposure to asbestos on a daily basis. There are safer and better alternatives out there, maybe this legislation will help promote and achieve change in an area where it is so desperately needed. I too applauded the efforts of Senator Murray in this regard.
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