The Politics of Asbestos — US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

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The Politics of Asbestos - US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

At a recent hearing of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Max Baucus presented a report revealing that the Federal government failed to take the appropriate action to declare Libby, Montana a public health emergency in 2002. The disregard of the federal government led to a lack of funding and manpower in cleaning up the asbestos contamination according to the Senator. "EPA was going to let people know, but they were changed from their direction. A Public Health Emergency definitely would have helped--- it would have provided media and public attention. Without a Public Health Emergency, asbestos has not become a public health issue. That's the politics of asbestos." Libby Montana was the former vermiculite mine site of W.R.Grace & Company. Vermiculite is a form of asbestos, a known carcinogen. Grace recently agreed to globally settle all of its asbestos claims for $3 Billion.

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National Cancer Institute Establishes Web Site to Answer Questions About Malignant Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established a resource on the Internet that provides a direct link to resources available concerning mesothelioma: treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials, literature, statistics and research and related information. For more information concerning the historical and current perspective of our over 3 decades of litigation to help workers and their families afflicted with this disease please see our practice area or just search "mesothelioma" on this site. Site: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/malignantmesothelioma

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Senate Hearing http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Statement&Statement_ID=eb57180b-0282-40e2-8ccc-f633012780bc Statement by Senator Baucus http://baucus.senate.gov/newsroom/details.cfm?id=303823 $3.5 Settlement Agreed to By W.R. Grace http://www.grace.com/Media/NewsItem.aspx?id=1126367 The Asbestos Debate is Over http://www.gelmans.com/FrontEnd/ReadingRoom/vwArticle.asp?ArticleId=465&PracticeAreaId=-1

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