Senate nears deal to ban asbestos: positive step in fight against mesothelioma

By David Whitney
McClatchy Newspapers
June 12, 2007

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/17359908.htm

WASHINGTON – A deal is near on legislation that would ban the use of asbestos, a fibrous mineral that’s often used in brake linings, gaskets, cement products and even yarns and threads imported into the country despite its deadly health risks.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a leading advocate of the ban, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said Tuesday that they were within a week or two of wrapping up a compromise that also would authorize $50 million in research to combat the health effects that have killed as many as 231,000 people since 1980 and could claim at least that many more by 2040.

Some of the research money also could go toward identifying the risks of inhaling naturally occurring asbestos, which can be found in underground seams that are more common in the vicinity of earthquake fault lines. Construction equipment and travel on unpaved roads can send the mineral into the air.

© 2007 McClatchy Washington BureauThis posting and additional information about asebstos and mesothelioma are available on http://www.mesothel.com, the web site of The Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C.

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