In 2010 we are doubling our efforts to push legislation forward that would ban asbestos in the United States once and for all. Our first formal effort of the year began earlier this month when we reached out to the White House, Senate and House in snowy Washington D.C.

Despite historic snowstorms that literally shut down D.C. in early February, we were able to make contact with key policy makers through a series of conference calls. Our discussions focused on legislation that would ban asbestos and the introduction of our annual asbestos awareness week resolution in both the House and the Senate.

To the thousands of families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, I want you to know that Congress has heard your voice and read your letters – thanks to the advocacy and efforts of thousands!

In educational discussions, ADAO continues to highlight the irrefutable facts that the WHO, EPA and U.S. Surgeon General confirm, “Asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe levels of exposure.”  We must prevent exposure and fund research to eliminate diseases.

On behalf of ADAO and you, we owe Senator Baucus and Representative Cohen our gratitude for carrying the “Asbestos Awareness Week” Resolution designating April 1 – 7 a week of awareness.

Many thanks to those who make our work possible including our network of experts,community, and sponsors; thanks also to Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson, for joining us on this special trip to The Hill.

In unity,
Linda Reinstein