Pulitzer Award winning journalist Andrew Schneider has just published a
"Will Canada Export Death by Rejuvenating Its Last Asbestos Mine?"
In the article, Schneider details the history of the world's largest
asbestos mine located in the city of Asbestos, Quebec. The mine, previously
owned by Johns-Manville, has been virtually dormant in recent years. However,
efforts are now being made by a foreign consortium to purchase the mine,
with assistance from the Canadian government, and ramp up operations to
meet the surprising global demand for the deadly mineral which claims
the lives of more than 107,000 people worldwide every year.
Schneider explains that while asbestos can no longer be used in Canadian
products, and Canada enjoys its reputation for spending more to take care
of its citizens than any other nation, many Canadian leaders support the
plan to export Canadian asbestos to nations such as India, Vietnam, Cambodia,
Thailand and others where there are lax or non-existent regulations on asbestos.
In an effort to justify this latest effort to place asbestos profits ahead
of public safety, consortium representatives and the Canadian leaders
who support them, repeat the of-cited argument that chrysotile, the type
of asbestos found in the mine, is not dangerous. Schneider, however, exposes
the fallacy of these claims through the conclusions of some of the world's
foremost public health experts: former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Dr. Richard Lemen, former National Institute of Occupational Safety and
Health official Dr. David Egilman, cancer specialist Dr. Michael Harbut
and renowned asbestos researcher and historian Barry Castleman.
This article is a must read for anyone who thought that asbestos was a
thing of the past, or who ever questioned the lengths to which companies
and even governments are willing to go to profit from asbestos at the
expense of public health.
Andrew Schneider is a two-time Pulitzer Award winning journalist whose
works exposing the plight of innocent victims of public health hazards,
including asbestos exposure, have garnered the attention of national and
global leaders. He is also the author of the powerful
“A Killer in the Attic
” a four-part series on W.R. Grace and its asbestos-tainted insulation,
Zonolite, present in the attics and walls of millions of homes in the