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Disgraceful Acts: north American asbestos update

Published by MAC on 2006-10-13

Disgraceful Acts: north American asbestos update

13th October 2006

The Canadian government has blocked attempts to add chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention's "Prior Informed Consent" list - and that's not even a step towards banning the deadly fibres altogether. It's a blatant attempt to protect is own asbestos mining industry.

The notorious W R Grace has lost its appeal against an order to pay US $54 million to rid its Libby mine of asbestos. Both the company and seven present and former chief executives now face criminal charges for allowing the mine to operate when they knew what the consequences would be to the workforce.

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