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The White Lung Association stands in opposition to the Specter Bill (S.852)

This legislation intends to substitute a Fund for the Constitutionally protected legal rights now enjoyed by citizens of the United States. We oppose this legislation, a crude and mean spirited piece, because it undermines the health and safety of all citizens and particularly discriminates against those with asbestos related diseases.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets the asbestos fiber exposure limit in US worksites at a maximum of approximately 100,000 fibers an hour. The worker is to be protected after exposure exceeds this amount. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also concedes that some workers will get sick and die working at conditions below 100,000 fibers per hour. The Specter Bill would standardize a group of workers who get disease but would be excluded from compensation or any legal rights. Millions could be excluded from compensation.

When the Specter Bill standardizes a group of workers who can be exposed, get disease and yet have no legal recourse, the Bill is actually laying the ground work for the return of asbestos use.

There are over 30 countries, most of Europe, who have joined in the global Ban of Asbestos. The Specter Bill moves the United States away from the Ban and toward more asbestos use within our borders. Specter provides a safe zone for asbestos use.

The Specter Bill ignores the vast network of medical and corporate personalities and businesses who hid the dangers of asbestos use. A public health epidemic was created and the cause is ignored by this legislation. All elements of corporate wrong doing are to be eliminated as common law rights, which reveal them to the public, are taken away. The Specter Bill turns truth upside down by making sick worker fraud the only fraud discussed.

By eliminating most disease from environmental or non-occupational exposure as disease that can not be compensated, the Specter Bill could encourage the spread of asbestos waste. This legislation will eliminate legal recourse for those people who are exposed to asbestos dumps, asbestos exposure from buildings and processed asbestos.

The Specter Bill puts the person who is sick from asbestos in front of an Administrator chosen by President Bush. This administrator can 1) Make all the Rules, 2) Judge the sick person fraudulent, 3) Fine the sick person $10,000 for fraud, 4) Change the amount that was agreed to pay the sick person, 5) Allow companies to quit paying claims, 6) Stretch out the payments to sick persons over several years, 7) Cancel payments to sick persons.



Front Page, Week Of:

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 Fund Legislation

11/17/05: White Lung Mourns Jose Jesus Pessora

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

Jim Fite's Alerts:

Asbestos Victim's Superfund Compensation Program

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.

Leonard Makowski's Alerts:

The White Lung Association stands in opposition to The Specter Bill (S.852)

WLA Alerts & News

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.

Australia Bans Asbestos!



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


World Trade Center Health:

In May 2003, the Global Environment & Technology Foundation developed the "Asbestos Strategies" report.

British Asbestos Newsletter:

The latest issue is Spring 2005


News from India:

The latest issue is January 4, 2007



December 17, 2000 is Asbestos Hazard Awareness Day


Current Projects:

Asbestos Museum


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 Lung Association



In Memoria:

Paul Safchuck May 21, 2003

Dr. William Nicholson Dies at 70

Ray Sentes Brave Fighter For Asbestos Victims

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