ADAO has had an incredibly successful November, and we look forward to completing multiple goals before the year is over. Thanks to you, we look forward to even more successes together in 2020.
Over the course of one week, we saw five victories. To start, we saw two legal victories. The first was on November 14, when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) wrongly excluded legacy uses and disposal from its Toxic Substances Control Act evaluations, including for asbestos. The next day, Judge Edward Chen
issued his opinion
denying EPA's motion to dismiss the ADAO case against the Agency in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
ADAO sued the EPA earlier this year
after it rejected ADAO's petition to require the asbestos industry to report who is importing asbestos, where asbestos is being transported, and how asbestos is being used.
Then, the bicameral
Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act
of 2019 (ARBAN) (H.R. 1603) cleared a critical milestone in the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Energy and Commerce
with a recorded vote of 47-1. The bill will now move to the House floor, where we expect it to pass with bipartisan support and will make its way to the Senate. ADAO also participated in two successful events.
On November 18, we held a
, "Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal Today," with Dr. Raja Flores, a professor and Chair of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
On November 20, ADAO attended the
screening and discussion
of the asbestos documentary,
at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto, Canada.
For more than 15 years ADAO has been a leader in asbestos prevention and policy efforts. As this year comes to an end, we sincerely thank our Platinum Sponsors Motley Rice LLC, Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC, and the Delaware Insulation Asbestos Disease Trust, Silver Sponsor
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, and donors for supporting our efforts and encourage others to join us on December 3 for Giving Tuesday,
which kicks off the holiday giving period. With your support, we are confident we will continue making huge strides in the new year.