Asbestos Victims Gain Ground in D.C. Senate Bill 852
(FAIR Act), Asbestos Trust Fund Legislation
Breakthrough for asbestos victims and their families
Congress responds to their constituents. It's through your letters,
phone calls, stories, and donations to ADAO, that enables us to advocate
fair and just legislation for present and future victims. That is the
power of grassroots. ~ Doug Larkin, Communications Director & Cofounder
Nearly one year of careful behind-the-scenes ADAO work on Capitol Hill
paid off on Tuesday, when two ADAO volunteers were recognized before the
Senate Judiciary Committee, effectively establishing asbestos disease
victims as a stakeholder group in the asbestos litigation controversy.
We have helped to defeat Senate Bill 1125 and S. 2290 and pass Senate
Resolution 43 Ð all in one year. Each volunteer contributed to these successes.
Stakeholder meeting and Press Conference Ð Monday, 4/25
ADAO and 7 other Organizations discussed the following key opposition
points: ineligibility, compensation delays, faulty medical criteria and
inadequate funding for research, education, prevention and outreach with
Senator SpecterÕs staff and at the press conference. This meeting produced
a joint statement on objections to the bill, which was reported Monday
afternoon at a well-attended press conference in Washington.
Stakeholders Attendees included:
Jim Fite, National Secretary of White Lung Association, Rachel Lidov of
9/11 Environmental Action, Jonathan Bennett of New York City Occupational
Safety and Health, Moses Boyd of Committee to Protect Mesothelioma Victims,
Brent Kynoch of Environmental Information Association, and Dr. Arthur
Frank of Drexel University, Committee to Protect Mesothelioma Victims
(CPMV) & ADAO Maryland Representative Ellen Patton, ADAO Legislative Director
Paul Zygielbaum, ADAO Executive Assistant Herman Hamilton, ADAO Communications
Directors and Co-Founder Doug Larkin and ADAO Executive.
Michael Bowker, President of Asbestos Victims Organization, was unable
to attend, but his opposition statement was read by the coalition.
Gayla Benefield was also unable to attend the meeting, but we presented
a statement on behalf of the Asbestos Victim's Relief Organization.
ADAO thanks each of the following representatives for attending this
first landmark "stakeholder" meeting.
Judiciary Committee Hearing Ð Tuesday, 4/26
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) recognized two ADAO volunteers, Ellen Patton
and Paul Zygielbaum, both of whom have mesothelioma, to stand up, to remind
the committee of this human cost.
Tuesday's Judiciary Committee hearing revealed strong disagreements
among stakeholder groups and committee members on various aspects of the
bill. Senator Durbin's speech and recognition of mesothelioma victims
appeared to shift the tenor of Tuesday's hearing, placing more emphasis
on the rights of victims There was wide acknowledgement that the bill
would be challenged in court on various unconstitutional grounds, throwing
victims and their families into a legal limbo for years. Other concerns
were expressed about unfair medical criteria and about the lack of transparency
in what companies will pay into the fund.
Committee members proposed more than 80 amendments at Thursday's mark-up.
The Judiciary Committee is schedule to reconvene on May 12th to continue
ADAO volunteers left with a sense of optimism that our voice is being
heard and acknowledged on Capitol Hill, and that we have the opportunity
and ability to affect the fate and provisions of this legislation. Please
direct your legislative questions to Action@AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org
ADAO will launch our S. 852 Legislative Campaign Action Steps on our
website on Monday, May 2nd
We will have opposition letters available online for victims, doctors,
and veterans to fax to their U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative.
Please encourage your medical team to read Reflections to learn more
about Asbestos Diseases & the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
In unity and hope, change is possible.
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