NOVATO, CA (PRWEB) March 9, 2007
Brayton Purcell, a prominent plaintiff asbestos law firm, strongly supports passage of the Ban Asbestos Act of 2007, a bill that would prohibit the import, manufacture and distribution of asbestos. Introduced by Sen. Patty Murray at a Senate hearing, the measure also calls for a public awareness campaign about the hazards of asbestos and increased funding for research on asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a fast-spreading cancer that often first attacks the lining of the membranes surrounding the lungs and chest.
This is Sen. Murray's third attempt at pushing though legislation banning asbestos. Bill cosponsors include Sens. Barbara Boxer, Max Baucus, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Harry Reid. Many feel that because the composition of the Congress has changed, the measure stands a good chance of passing this time around.
Asbestos Is Still Contained in Many Products
Asbestos is part of hundreds of products, including tiles, pipe, insulation, siding, joint compounds, roofing felts, cement, drywall, packing, gaskets and automobile and train brakes. Groups that are at high risk for asbestos exposure include construction workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, insulators, shipyard workers, railroad workers, refinery workers and plasterers as well as school teachers or janitors who worked in asbestos-contaminated areas. In addition, asbestos workers may bring home asbestos on their clothes and shoes, putting their family at risk for asbestos exposure.
Some people are under the mistaken impression that asbestos is no longer in use in the United Sates. However, we imported 13 metric tons of asbestos in 2001, and 15 metric tons in 2000, according to the US Geological Survey. We import $10 million worth of asbestos-containing brakes per year for use in our automobiles and trucks, according to environmental consultant Dr. Barry Castleman, who testified at the Senate hearing.
But the saddest statistic of all, provided by Sen. Murray, is that 10,000 Americans continue to die each year from asbestos exposure. "How many more Americans have to die before our government finally does the right thing and bans asbestos?" she asked. "We have to do the right thing, and we have to do it now."
About Brayton Purcell
For over 24 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. The law firm enjoys a national reputation for the high quality of its personal injury and product liability work, particularly in the area of asbestos litigation.
For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit the firm web site at http://www.braytonlaw.com For information about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases, see the firm's web sites, Mesothelioma Network, http://www.mesotheliomasite.com and Asbestos Network, http://www.asbestosnetwork.com.