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President's Message

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 .
Lights, Camera, Action! ADAO is   proud to share videos from our  2019 Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. It's been an exciting 15th anniversary for ADAO and we have six months of our anniversary year left to raise awareness and turn our knowledge into action. Save the date: ADAO's 16th Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference will be held on April 3 - 5, 2020 in DC! 

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. 

ADAO sends a big shout out to Daniel and the countless people who helped pass   Colombia's ban asbestos bill! Next stop: the U.S.! 

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. 

Check out our new blog about the 4 ways you can support ADAO's work to advance prevention in policy efforts in your state and throughout the nation. 

Let's draw inspiration from one another and continue to band together to make change happen.

Together, change is possible.

Linda Reinstein,  Social Networks



SAVE THE DATE || APRIL 3 - 5, 2020





Remembering Debbie and Janelle, Two Brave Mesothelioma Warriors 




July 5, 2019:  Action Mesothelioma Day,  United Kingdom
August 1, 2019:  World Lung Cancer Day
September 7-10, 2019:  World Conference on Lung Cancer,  Barcelona, Spain
September 16-17, 2019:  IOSH 2019 Conference, Birmingham, UK
September 18-30, 2019: OSHAfrica Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa 
September 26, 2019:  Mesothelioma Awareness Day
September 28, 2019:  Miles for Meso,  Alton, Illinois
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit