FDA fails to protect consumers from cancer-causing talc.

Photo: Ovarian Cancer Law Center

  Written for Hearst Newspapers As medical studies and lawsuits point to increasing sickness and death from asbestos-contaminated talc, the Food and Drug Administration says it lacks both resources and laws with teeth to protect consumers. In addition to personal … Continue reading

Canadian asbestos will go to developing countries despite worldwide objections.

The Jeffrey Mine at Asbestos, Que.   Photo from Environment Canada

The government of Quebec has decided to ignore the pleas of human rights advocates, hundreds of public health experts worldwide and one of the province’s largest unions and says it will fund the expansion of Canada’s last asbestos mine. The … Continue reading

Union members put human rights and lives above asbestos jobs

Children protesting in the streets of Indian villages and outrage voiced by physicians and human rights activists have not stopped Canada from shipping deadly asbestos to developing countries. But one of Quebec’s most powerful unions says it will no longer … Continue reading

Exporting Death: Rejuvenating Canada’s Last Asbestos Mine

The commuity cenetary in Asbesos, Que. overlooks two processing mills and the world's largest asbestos pit.

ASBESTOS, Quebec – There appears to be a scientific miracle happening about 75 miles north of the U.S.- Canadian border and it’s angering hundreds of physicians and public health workers around the globe. Politicians, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats in Quebec insist … Continue reading

Montana asbestos victims get help in midnight amendment slipped into the health care bill.

Les Skramstad and Gayla Benefiled at a memorial from Libby asbestos victims.  (c) Photo A. Schneider

The frequently forgotten and often ignored asbestos victims in Libby, Mont., came out as possible big winners in the dead-of-night battle over health care reform. According to the Associated Press, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus quietly inserted language in a … Continue reading

America’s largest public health group finally signs on to ban asbestos.

asbestos warning

At last, the world’s oldest public health organization has joined the funeral dirge-paced parade to ban asbestos in the U.S. The 50,000-member American Public Health Association adopted a resolution at its annual meeting this week calling on Congress to pass … Continue reading