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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 the debate.

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.




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

For more information please contact info whitelung org.