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Why is Canada Still Exporting Asbestos to India … Along With Mesothelioma.

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This MUST be Stopped !

Feb 10 2011 – Asbestos is banned in the US, Canada and Europe, but Canada still mines and exports Chrysotile Asbestos to India, Brazil and other places that make products and then sell them back to the US, Canada and Europe. Chrsyotile Asbestos causes Mesothelioma which causes death.

Feb 05 2011 – In the face of opposition in the Province of Quebec to continued asbestos exports,
Industry Minister Clement Gignac has delayed granting a government guarantee on a $58-million loan needed to reopen the Jeffrey underground asbestos mine in the Quebec town of Asbestos.

Latest News :

Feb 05 2011 – Montreal Gazette: Quebec, India to sign mining deal

Feb 03 2011 – New York Times: In a Town Called Asbestos, a Plan to Restart the Industry That Made It Prosperous

Feb 10, 2011 – “Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of
the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.

Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum
(the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos and glass particles, or they have been exposed to
asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. It has also been suggested that washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos or
glass can put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma.Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking, but
smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers.

Those who have been exposed to asbestos often utilize attorneys to collect damages for asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma.
Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma (see asbestos and the law).” (Wikipedia)

Feb 10, 2011 – Here is a link to the Chrysotile Regulations for Safe Use in Quebec

Policy Concerning the Increased and Safe Use of Chrysotile

On June 19th, 2002, the Québec government adopted a “Policy concerning the increased and safe use of chrysotile asbestos”. An interdepartmental workgroup, involving thirteen (13) departments and organizations, and presided by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles,
worked during one full year to put together this policy.

The objective of this policy is to encourage departments and government agencies, as well as Crown corporations and municipalities to increase
their use of products containing chrysotile. Québec currently processes about 2% of its chrysotile production (6,000 tonnes out of a total output of some
300,000 tonnes per year) and the Québec government hopes to double this domestic consumption in the medium term, by increasing the use of materials
containing chrysotile, namely chrysotile-cement pipes and sheets, as well as bituminous pavement with chrysotile.

Organizations targeted by the policy shall have the obligation to make sure that suppliers of chrysotile products that meet policy standards are
invited to submit proposals when these organizations proceed with calls for tenders and acquisitions of goods. The policy also provides for assistance
measures for the development and marketing of new products that contain chrysotile.

The implementation of this policy will be coordinated by the workgroup that elaborated the policy, and it will be accompanied by measures
designed to ensure the safety of workers and the public in general, which will essentially be overseen by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services
sociaux (MSSS), the Ministère de l’Environnement (MENV) and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST).
 

Quebec was the fifth largest producer in the world as of 2008, behind Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Brazil
(U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries, January 2010).
Quebec exports 95 percent of its chrysotile production, mostly to Asian and other poor countries.

In 1999 the government of Canada went before the World Trade Organization to challenge, unsuccessfully, the ban on asbestos in France. Now Canada just ships it all to India.

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