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BOOK REVIEW: A case that reverberated throughout north America

Published by MAC on 2007-12-19

BOOK REVIEW: A case that reverberated throughout north America

19th December 2007

"Exposed" by Demetra Dimokopoulos, Life Rattle Press, Canada, 2006

Between 1963 and 1990, W.R. Grace & Company mined vermiculite (used worldwide in “Zonolite Attic Insulation”) in Libby, Montana.

However, W.R. Grace & Company concealed the fact from its workforce that the vermiculite was naturally contaminated with tremolite (a toxic form of asbestos). Unknowingly exposed, the miners and their family members developed diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

One of the victims, anti-asbestos activist, Gayla Benefield, stood up to W.R. Grace in court; the case was to resound through the US and Canada, ultimately destroying W.R. Grace's reputation.

Ms Dimokopoulos'account of this legal struggle is told in straightforward terms,and from a very human point of view without losing track of the compelling scientific evidence at its centre. Recommended. [RM]

To order copies of the book contact:

National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data:
Publisher: Toronto: Life Rattle Press, 2005
Series: Life rattle new publishers series ISSN 1713-8981
Numbers: ISBN: 1-897161-28-X
Pages: 128
Price: $23.00


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