Tester helps designate National Asbestos Awareness Week
(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after sponsoring a bipartisan resolution to designate the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week:”
“Asbestos is a silent killer that we need to attack from all angles. Too many folks in Libby know first-hand about its dangers, and we owe it to them to do all we can to prevent asbestos-related tragedies and protect the health of Montanans and Americans.”
The town of Libby, Montana was declared a Public Health Emergency in 2009 after years of widespread deaths and illness linked to exposure to deadly asbestos fibers at the now defunct W.R. Grace mine.
Tester introduced legislation in 2010 to recruit health-care specialists to underserved communities like Libby that are Public Health Emergencies.
Tester joined fellow Montana Senator Max Baucus to sponsor the bipartisan resolution. It is available online HERE.