Canadian Government Understood But Ignored Hazards...

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Label: Asbestos Exposure

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 Read Full Story

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