Harsher Regulations on Asbestos Use Needed for Healthy Environment
The following is a guest post by Allen Dutton, Veteran Liaison for the Mesothelioma Cancer Center:
Highly regarded for its heat and fire resistance qualities, asbestos was reportedly used in over 300 products for the United States military from the 1930’s until the 1970’s. Asbestos-containing products advertantly lead to hundreds of thousands of military veterans later developing asbestos-related illness due to long term exposure. Asbestos is a toxic mineral that has played a role in millions developing severe health ailments. Nicknamed as the “silent killer,” asbestos was widely utilized in a variety of industrial and building applications throughout the 20th century.
An asbestos regulation has been a topic of discussion in many political blogs and arena’s, seeking to finally put an end to its widespread use. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency created a Scientific Advisory Board asbestos panel is submitting erroneous studies that claims asbestos is not dangerous and does not cause cancer. Although there is a century of credible scientific and medical evidence that demonstrates the carcinogenic affects of asbestos exposure, the federal government’ stance continues to be impartial. Any incoming presidents have the authority to change any executive orders by a previous administration but these actions will make it a more strenuous process.
Many vessels, planes, homes and buildings built prior to 1980 still may contain asbestos and pose many health risks for tradesman. Asbestos exposure has affected many trades including:
— Power plants,
— Demolition workers
— Navy vessels
With a number of green alternative options to asbestos, there is no reason why tradesman and innocent by standards should be exposed to toxic substances. The inhalation of asbestos fibers over a period of time can produce a rare form of asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. This illness bears a strong latency period so individuals will not become sick until the disease has reached its later stages.. Astonishingly, more than 30 percent of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed during military service.
The use of asbestos materials in the military can be traced back to the 1920’s when the Navy began utilizing asbestos in war ships. Manufacturers of asbestos, including the Navy, knew of its toxic qualities but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that asbestos first started seeing a decrease in use. The amount of asbestos-related incidents lead to mesothelioma lawyer firms advocating victims’ rights. The asbestos scandal has been one of the many cover-ups executed in the 20th century by corporations and industries. This had a heavy impact on military personnel, especially those in Navy vessels.
The danger for asbestos exposure is still present today with over $194,000 worth of asbestos imported to Iraq in 2003. All soldiers based in the country are at risk because intense desert winds can carry asbestos dust many miles.
It appears that the asbestos scandal still has not reached its climax and that until there is a vehement change in policies enforced on a federal level against the use of asbestos, it will continue to inflict damage and harm to yet another generation of innocent bystanders.