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President's Message

June was a month of highs and lows for our ADAO family.

This month we are dedicating our eNewsletter to Andy Igrejas, friend, colleague, and public health trailblazer who passed away after a brave fight with brain cancer. Andy, National Campaign Director and longtime Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, dedicated his life's work to fighting against deadly chemicals. We will miss Andy deeply and his legacy will forever live on through our fight. 
Despite the historic breakthrough of TSCA reform, the EPA's Problem Formulation Document presently excludes legacy asbestos products that linger in our homes, schools, workplace, and our environment

Be heard -- you too can submit your comment to the EPA about why they must evaluate the risk of asbestos. Worse yet, the EPA is using hard spin and propaganda to try to trick you with a so-called significant new use rule (SNUR).  Who in their right mind would want to introduce a new way to use asbestos -- please. 

We must continue to consistently push for a ban on asbestos and to protect victims' rights. Keep up with the latest TSCA news at our TSCA Reform Landing Page. Also, participate in our Raise Your Voice Six-Word Quote Campaign to take control of the narrative and put public pressure on the EPA to ban asbestos once and for all.

Action Mesothelioma Day  is right around the corner. Join UK Warriors, allies, and colleagues on July 6th as they host events to raise awareness about mesothelioma and remember those who have lost their battle to this tragic disease.

In May, at the powerful II International Asbestos Seminar in Brazil,  we got up close and personal in an interview with internationally renowned ban asbestos activist, Fernanda Giannasi. Check out our interview here.
Here are 3 things you can do for Mesothelioma Awareness Month: Register for the 10th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Race and 3K Walk/Fun-Run,  enter a loved one's name to be worn on a tribute bib on race day, or submit the name of your loved one for the 2018 Mesothelioma Warrior Memorial Video. 
Have you signed our petition to the EPA  yet?  Join nearly 13,000 advocates demanding change and sign today - the time has never been more critical than now to urge the EPA to ban asbestos without exemptions.
We're halfway through 2018, and our fight to ban asbestos is strong, unified, and making a difference! Let's draw inspiration from one another, and continue to band together to make change happen.

Linda Reinstein
In This Issue
ADAO Dedicates our July eNewsletter to Extraordinary Public Health Advocate and Environmentalist, Andy Igrejas


Interview with Andy Igrejas, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (2015)

Andy Igrejas Montage




10th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Race and 3K Walk/Fun-Run 
on September 21, 2018

Meet the 2018 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's Miles for Meso Team Captains!

You're Invited to the 2018 ADAO Miles for Meso 5th Mesothelioma Warrior Community Dinner





FOX 17 Investigates: Asbestos found in household products, toys

The Chemical Engineer: EPA limiting evaluation of chemical risks 



July 6, 2018: Action Mesothelioma Day in the United Kingdom

July 15, 2018: "Dirty Laundry" at St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in St. Louis, Missouri

July 20-29, 2018:  "Dirty Laundry" at New Hope Film Festival in New Hope, Pennsylvania

August 1, 2018:  World Lung Cancer Day

September 2018:  ADAO Declares September Mesothelioma Awareness Month

September 17-18, 2018:  IOSH 2018 Conference in Birmingham, United Kingdom

September 21, 2018:  Miles for Meso Mesothelioma Warrior Community Dinner  in Alton, Illinois

September 22, 2018:  Miles for Meso in Alton, Illinois

September 23-26 2018:  19th World Lung Cancer Conference in Toronto, Canada

September 26, 2018: Mesothelioma Awareness Day

April 1 -7, 2019:  Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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