Thursday, July 22, 2010

Report Urges Worldwide Ban on Asbestos as Fatal Dangers Continues

Corporate greed resulting in the loss of life is the conclusion of a major investigative report just published concerning the worldwide asbestos trade and global epidemic of disease. The report, strongly urging the rationale for a worldwide ban of asbestos, has been published in print simultaneously with the release of a series of audio broadcasts.

The investigative reports have been published by 
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) based on the investigative reporting of  the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC)  joint venture with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Jim Morris of CPI reports, "A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the market for asbestos, a carcinogen now banned or restricted in 52 countries. Scientists say asbestos may cause up to 10 million deaths by 2030, with a mounting toll in the developing world."
Asbestos, for decades, has been linked to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma remains an incurable and fatal disease. 

Asbestos contamination remains an international problem. Recent reports indicate that US military troops have been exposed to asbestos in Iraq and Afghanistan through indiscriminate use of burn pits by military contractor.

As a supporter for the improved health and welfare of individuals against hazardous occupational and environmental exposures, Jon L. Gelman advocates for changes in safety standards and safer use of chemicals.