The Canadian government privately acknowledged that the dangers of asbestos warranted limits on export, but publicly blocked international efforts to add greater restrictions on the use of asbestos, according to press reports. Exposure to asbestos causes serious respiratory diseases
including lung cancer and mesothelioma
, a cancer of the lining of the lung.
According to the Calgary Herald
newspaper, a memorandum to Environment Minister Peter Kent stated that the scientific panel for the United Nation’s Rotterdam Convention was on firm ground in 2002 when it first proposed listing chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous material
on the international list of hazardous industrial chemicals. Asbestos is a known cause of cancer recognized by the World Health Organization
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