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President's Message

October was another busy, yet successful month for ADAO . We are ready for November and are taking it head on!
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month . Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer worldwide. Did you know that asbestos-caused lung cancer claims the lives of 34,000 Americans annually?
ADAO and the Environmental Working Group recently discovered that asbestos imports have surged in 2018. As Trump's White House moves to keep this deadly carcinogen legal, new data has shown that asbestos imports rose 2000% between July and August.  
Last month we received the good news that Canada has banned asbestos ! Congratulations for setting an example of what all countries should do: ban asbestos now. Although the country has banned the carcinogen, it granted a ten year exemption to the Chlor-alkali industry, a detail that asbestos safety advocates cannot overlook. This shows us why the U.S. must ban asbestos without any loopholes or exemptions, in order to get a comprehensive ban and save lives.
ADAO has begun the process of taking legal action against the EPA. We issued a formal petition to the Agency in late September  demanding that it give Americans better information about the asbestos being brought into the U.S. and used in products we buy and are in our places of employment. This "Right to Know" petition asks the EPA to use its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require importers and users of asbestos and asbestos-containing products to report their activities and disclose these reports to the public.
We are so excited to see the outpouring of support in our petition to the EPA, demanding they ban asbestos NOW without any loopholes or exemptions . We encourage you to continue to share the petition with friends and family so we can meet our goal of 150,000 signatures and continue to show both the EPA and the government we will not stand down until we have a ban!
During the holiday season, ADAO will participate in a donation campaign calling for support from our community. During this campaign we remind our community that we are a small non-profit that relies on your generous contributions to do the work we do. With your support , we work with other environmental groups, members of Congress, state governments and world health leaders to make them understand there is no safe or controlled use of asbestos and to push our government to finally do the right thing and ban this toxic substance.
Let's keep our momentum going and continue our fight!
Linda Reinstein, Social Networks




2018 October Health Literacy Month: ADAO's Four-Part Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Blog Series
Four-Part Series Featured:


Canada's Asbestos Ban Takes Effect At The End of 2018 But Mining Residues and Chlor-Alkali Industry Granted Exemptions


ADAO Needs Your Support This Holiday Season



The Cornell Daily Sun: Activists Raise Concerns About Asbestos Release From Proposed Library Demolition


November 2018: Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November 2018: Family Caregiver Month

November 10 - 14, 2018: American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition Meeting in San Diego, California

November 18-20, 2018: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit in Sydney, Australia 

November 27, 2018: Giving Tuesday

December 1 - 31, 2018: End-of-Year Donation Drive

December 4-6, 2018:  National COSH Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

February 2019: World Cancer Day

April 1 -7, 2019: Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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