White Lung Association Cannot Accept
the Asbestos Compensation Act of 2000
The White Lung Association, (WLA), believes that this legislation will
reduce or eliminate compensation for people whose diseases are caused
by asbestos exposure. The medical certificate, required by this bill,
would eliminate over one-half of the victims who are now awaiting compensation.
The medical criteria for this certificate were dictated by the asbestos
industry and their paid agents. The criteria suggested by the WLA were
Insurance companies have already defined disability by whom they will
insure. They have not insured asbestos victims for over seventy years.
For example, try to get a job or buy health insurance if you have a little
asbestosis. Under the proposed bill, as many as three million people would
be put into limbo, unable to work, unable to get compensation, unable
to get health care because a few legislators were blinded by rude talk
and asbestos company donations.
The legislation would exclude future defendants Companies like Metropolitan
Life, General Electric, Westinghouse, many real estate concerns and premise
owners like Bethlehem Steel, General Motors and energy companies might
be future defendants. Over 14 million potential premise owner victims
would not have recourse against their main defendants, premise owners.
The protection of GAF is only the first layer in this rush to judgement.
The Office of Asbestos Compensation would expect to see over 100,000
victims in the first months of operation. The entire budget provided would
be exhausted after delivering only $2,500 dollars total to each victim.
Nowhere in the bill is the victim's health insurance discussed, provided
for or guaranteed. Health insurance is the main concern of the asbestos
The bill preserves much of the worst aspects of the present situation.
The Justice Department must build a bureaucracy to continually sue the
defendants. Money which should go for compensation of people who have
asbestos cancer and lung disease will line the pockets of defense lawyers.
The victims still have lawyers, but only those approved by the government.
An additional layer of Administration Law Judges is thrown in to absorb
more money that the victims need. This bill is nothing but welfare for
government workers, lawyers and asbestos companies. It is a rip off in
the name of the poor asbestos victim
The bill does not reflect scientific knowledge, published by the US
government, regarding the hazards of asbestos, but instead depends upon
the creationism of asbestos company science. The bill demands that the
victims work in high concentrations of asbestos for years before their
disease will be paid for. ASBESTOS VICTIMS AND ALL WHO SUPPORT THEM -
4/16/05: Spectre to Introduce
U.S. Asbestos Bill This Week
5/22/05: Individuals Injured
by Asbestos Exposure Oppose Specter's Trust Fund Legislation
10/16/05: Victim's Organizations
Form Asbestos Victims Coalition in Opposition to Asbestos Trust
11/17/05: White Lung Mourns Jose
12/18/05: Frist Introducing Asbestos
Bill in January
12/04/06: Asbestos Watch Newsletter:
Help Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the WHITE LUNG ASSOCIATION
Asbestos Victim's Superfund
Asbestos Watch March 14, 2005 (Maryland
chapter of the White Lung Association meetings)
Directorate of Safety, Health,
and Environment (open letter)
Joe Oliver's Alerts:
Joe Oliver, National Board Member and former President of the
White Lung Association, has issued a call to all persons to help
gather evidence on the conspiracy by asbestos trade organizations
to suppress the knowledge about the hazards of asbestos exposure.
If you know anything about this horrific history or have documents
which can be used to further prove their heinous crimes, please
contact Joe Oliver, WLA, POB 1483, Balt. MD 21203.
The White Lung Association stands
in opposition to The Specter Bill (S.852)
S.1115: Bill to amend the Toxic Substances
Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing
products - This bill is supported by the WLA.
Meet Mr. Asbestos
Proceedings of the Asbestos
Symposium for the Asian Countries - now available for purchase.
Senator Specter Breaks Promise to
Mesothelioma Patient and Research Community
Senate Judiciary Committee returns to
Mark-Up on May 11th: Proposed asbestos trust fund legislation
will further penalize victims of asbestos-caused diseases
May 2003, the Global Environment & Technology Foundation developed
the "Asbestos Strategies" report.
The latest issue is Spring 2005
The latest issue is January 4, 2007
December 17, 2000 is Asbestos Hazard Awareness Day
Articles & Publications:
Occupational Respiratory Diseases:
Asbestos Associated Disease -- Reprinted from: Maxcy-Rosenau
Public Health and Preventative Medicine 11th ed. (John
M. Last, Ed.) 1980, Appleton-Century-Crofts
Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation
Not Betrayal: position release by the Board of Directors, White
Paul Safchuck May
Nicholson Dies at 70
Ray Sentes Brave
Fighter For Asbestos Victims