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Mar 4, 2019

Tester, Daines Designate National Asbestos Awareness Week

Resolution will help raise awareness about dangers of asbestos

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines championed legislation to designate April 1-7, 2019 "National Asbestos Awareness Week" as part of their ongoing efforts to combat the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The bipartisan resolution raises awareness about asbestos-caused diseases and urges the U.S. Surgeon General to teach Americans about the substance's risks.

"We have tragically lost too many Montanans to diseases caused by asbestos," Tester said. "As clean up continues in places like Libby and Troy, we've got to ensure that folks understand the dangers of asbestos so we can reduce exposure risks."

"Asbestos caused diseases have tragically claimed the lives of far too many Montanans," Daines said. "By shedding light on the dangers of asbestos exposure, we can work to protect the health of Montanans state wide and ensure that what happened in Libby and Troy never happen again."

Since W.R. Grace closed its Libby vermiculite mine in 1990, more than 200 residents have died and thousands more are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Clean up efforts began in 2002 when Libby, Troy, and surrounding communities were placed on the EPA's Superfund National Priorities List.

It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years to develop symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, which continue to kill thousands of Americans each year.

"We would like to thank both of Montana's Senators who have, once again, taken a stand to support asbestos awareness," said Dr. Brad Black of the Libby CARD Clinic. "Asbestos is not a problem of the past, it is a problem that has not yet been resolved, so ensuring ongoing public awareness is a step in the right direction to protect human health."

"For the fifteenth year in a row, the Senate has taken an important stand for public health. We are immensely grateful to Senator Tester and the twelve original cosponsors for the passage of the Resolution," said Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. "Each year, up to 40,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases while imports and use continue. Undoubtedly, the Resolution's momentum and U.S. Surgeon General's asbestos warning will raise awareness and increase prevention efforts."

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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