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Mar 30, 2017

Tester, Daines Designate April 1-8 National Asbestos Awareness Week

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are raising awareness about the devastating impacts of asbestos on communities and families by designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.

Tester and Daines are calling on the U.S. Surgeon General to warn and educate the public about asbestos exposure.

"Too many folks have suffered and lost their lives to asbestos poisoning, and it's our responsibility to make sure Montanans and all Americans understand its risks," said Tester. "Asbestos has led to tragedy in communities like Libby and Troy. By making education and awareness a priority, we can protect our families from these life-threatening diseases."

"By continuing to raise awareness about the deadly effects of asbestos we can prevent future widespread issues in communities across the country," Daines stated. "We can never be too educated about asbestos and its terrible effects to guard against them and ensure the folks in Libby know they have our support."

While it can take between 10-50 years to experience symptoms from asbestos-related diseases, exposure continues to kill thousands of people each year across the United States. Some 400 Montanans have died from asbestos dust exposure caused by W.R. Grace & Company's now-defunct vermiculite mine in Libby.

The resolution is supported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

"We applaud Senator Tester and the cosponsors for shining a light on the continuing dangers of asbestos exposure. Asbestos caused diseases are 100% preventable, but too many Americans are in the dark about their own risk," said Linda Reinstein of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. "Having strong Congressional champions promoting awareness is crucial as we work toward a federal ban on this known carcinogen."

The National Asbestos Awareness Week resolution is available HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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