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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Veterans & Cancer Victims

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This Thanksgiving, Big Asbestos really has something to be thankful for: the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 982, a bill, which if enacted, would violate asbestos victims’ privacy and allow Big Asbestos to delay and deny justice until asbestos victims die.

Asbestos diseases is one of the longest-running public health epidemics in the world. Asbestos is still legal in the United States and kills more than 10,000 Americans every year. Veterans have been disproportionately impacted by asbestos and will be disproportionately harmed by H.R. 982. While veterans represent 8% of the nation's population, they comprise an astonishing 30% of all known mesothelioma deaths that have occurred in this country. Mesothelioma is horrific asbestos disease for which there is no cure.

Asbestos was known to be deadly by the 1930s. Yet, Big Asbestos corporate executives callously covered up this fact for decades, exposed millions of Americans to this deadly substance and put their health at risk.

Congress should focus on keeping Americans safe from deadly products, not protecting corporations that deliberately put workers and consumers in danger. Tell your representative to vote NO on H.R.982!

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