June was another busy month for us here at ADAO! We are halfway through the year, and ready to continue our momentum!
Big news! The Attorneys General (AG) from 10 states and the District of Columbia
have filed suit
under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to overturn EPA's indefensible refusal to require Right-to-Know reporting on asbestos under TSCA. This is another step closer to a national ban.
An integral part of our work in the ban asbestos movement is education. ADAO has participated in and hosted
thirteen congressional staff briefings
over the years to educate House and Senate staffers on the dangers of asbestos exposure and imports. Since 2008, ADAO has brought more than 70 experts to educate an estimated 600 staffers. As we plan and prepare our 14th congressional staff briefing, we are excited to say this briefing will be both bicameral and bipartisan. This hearing will bring both Republicans and Democrats together to see that asbestos is a non-partisan issue, and can claim the life of anyone-regardless of party affiliation. Stay tuned for more details.
It's hard to believe, but June 22, 2016 was the third anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act becoming a law. We have faced many challenges during these past three years, but we have also celebrated landmark steps forward like the bicameral
Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act
Take a few minutes and read the latest
interview about Mavis and Ray Nye
and the honorary degree they will receive on July 9th. We are so very proud of them for their amazing national and international work to prevent asbestos-caused diseases. You can also view their BBC interview video in the blog.
Action Mesothelioma Day
is right around the corner. Join U.K. Warriors, allies, and colleagues on July 5 as they host events to raise awareness about mesothelioma.
Let's draw inspiration from one another and continue to band together to make change happen.
Together, change is possible.