Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry is Still Alive and Well

The asbestos manufacture is able to thrivein Russia because very little attention is given to human rights or civil rights. Putin certainly basically lopes the indicate one might ask what is the future ofasbestos production in use as long as There’s profit to be made and officials tobe bribed, this will continue but if you can’t govern asbestos “the worlds largest” notoriousindustrial carcinogen known what can you authority? asbestos is a remarkable mineralactually stone, it is made up of minuscule but extremely strong and flexible fibers itwas absolutely fuel safe and spray couldn’t evil it. We hint you considerthis material for your residence. Designed to last-place a lifetime, a agitate freelifetime! Asbestos was once widely used in homes and houses across the US but is now known as a carcinogen and hazardous substance because of the dangeroushealth risks from exposure to this poison mineral massive exertion is put intoremoving it from houses and materials because asbestos kills more than ahundred thousand people a year and is Banned in 59 countries.But rather than being left in the soil countries like Russia one of the world’slargest producer of asbestos quarries about a million tons of it a year and suppliesmore than half the world’s asbestos to find out why anyone would still work with and sell such a dangerous element we went to the home of theworld’s largest asbestos mine in a target so proud of their manufacture they mentioned thetown after it Asbest, Russia Despite overwhelming scientific evidence thatasbestos exposure movements cancer as we drove through the city all we determined weresigns of regional prime and a gravestone literally made out of a chunk ofasbestos Asebstos is often mined by use dynamite unfortunately that aims the deadlyfibers are spread into the air which built me scared of abide close tothe pit without full protective paraphernalium when I turned up wearing what’s legallyrequired in the USA and Europe I felt like an alien and actually stood out from thelocals as it turns up the Euro Alaska Mineis the neighbourhood sightseer attraction and if sightseers want to learn more they can visit a museum in towndedicated to it asbestos quarrying boomed during the Sovietera This formerly agrarian region became one of the hundreds of soviet mono cities who’s entire economy was structured around a single mine or mill to this day the Euro asbest mine accommodate seventy percent of the town’s income which means thatbanning it would be economically destroying We called the residence of a local soldier who worked as an excavator drivers in the asbestos quarry hehad lived his whole life in Asbest just a few minutes walk from the openpit because of the impact this interview could have on his activity and his family wehad to conceal his identity does everything in Asbest revolvearound the asbestos manufacture? Are you worried about him any perils that come withworking with asbestos? After this Euro Asbest employee surprisingly conveyedthat “hes not” terrible to handle asbestos we met a retired mine workerwho had a more skeptical outlook on the situation We wanted to find out more about the health risks of asbestos exposure we spoke to an experton the subject the reverenced epidemiologist Dr.Arthur Frank the period asbestosrefers to six naturally occurring minerals chrysotile being one of them itis the only serpentine form the other five are called amphiboles they arestructurally different but medically have the same properties asbestos at onetime was called the magic mineral because it was utilized for countless usefulthings isolation information it didn’t conduct electricity it was used as afiltering agent over three to four thousand produces alone and the UnitedStates one time had asbestos. It was a wonderful material unfortunately it alsokilled people what happens when you’re disclosed is you both inhale it and youingest it. The asbestos has the ability to alter the nucleus of the cells so thatthese cells now become cancerous get a lung cancer or the disease we callmesothelioma this cancer of the lining of the lung that packs the lung withfluid in most cases and then over go literally suffocates you and willultimately kill you in the United Mood this had adevastating effect on those people exposed basically everyone in theconstruction commerces was uncovered shipyard workers were uncovered and many othershave been disclosed over duration the effects of asbestos exposure in the UnitedStates is evident in mining towns like Libby, Montana water, grime, dwelling, institution playgrounds in industrial sites in Libby were infected with asbestos as a result of a nearby vermiculite mineand processing functioning owned by WR Grace and Company usually safe and usedin many makes the vermiculite in the quarry was heavily contaminated with asbestosand as a result over 400 people have died in Libby due to exposure toasbestos or from asbestos relevant diseases She comes down here in her go-cart, leaves it right here, gets out, goes to the bathroom She…She can’t even brush her teeth and she has to come out here and stand here and get her breather before she knows how even sit down because it starts her worse when she sits down for a marry seconds.It’s terrible she got a special berthed, she has to have Don Munsel never made in the mine himself. His stepfather did and the asbestos dust in the clothes he brought back from employ was enough togive Don severe mesothelioma I just think I’ve been cheated They should have warned the people in this town about the seriousness of it they got away with slaying I didn’t think I’d ever get it cause i neverworked there but I did I gotta stand up a little bit and all this talking even decreased my wheeze out real bad Yeah, I’ve lived in this country all “peoples lives” I never thought this would happen to me These five barrels last two weeks And now that she’s up on eight I don’t even think it’ll last 2 weeks if it takes me over 60 seconds to do this, she guides out, she literally will pass out They knew it was bad for the americans and they cause us expose our children and parties that would come and visit us “Oh, the best way to show them how this nonsense succeeds is to pop it for them” So you get a little piece of paper, a little piece of the ore, vermiculite and it would be no bigger than a slice of your paper and you’d heat it up and it would* shh* go about this dense It was amazing but it was the worst thing we could’ve done to them I was a foreman and I had to go up a lot and so she’d journey up there with me, and my adolescents We’d got to go, take them through the bush and show them how it lead and stuff and…I miss being spontaneous we lovedto fish, so we’d extend behind the screening embed that was a good easy angling opening after dinner the children, I could provide them down in that asbestos sand They’d body-build sandcastles and they’d comedy and build all kinds of things in this asbestos while I simply had recreation fishing as beautiful as home countries is, it killed us I know it’s gonna kill me and it’s probably gonna kill my adolescents and spouse and it didn’t really kill us, it was W.R. Grace that killed us they knew they knew … In June 2009, The EPAdeclared a public health emergency in the town of Libby and surroundingcommunities the area is now designated as a Superfund site also known as ahazardous waste site and the EPA investigation and cleanup of the site isongoing the asbestos in libby is a different kind of asbestos than what’smined in russia but the scientific community has found that all types ofasbestos can cause cancer and deadly lung illness to find out why this toxic industrycontinues to thrive around the developing world we met with MIT professor and formerchair of the National Advisory Committee on occupational safety and health, Dr.Nicholas Ashford the asbestos industry today I thinkyou would have to say is you know a criminal industry and all theepidemiological societies, fifteen of them, have endorsed the fact that this should be regarded as a hazard and when you deliberately disregard public and worker health you’re give murderthere’s no other mode to position it you could argue that you don’t knowwhich special employee you’re murdering but on the whole, the statistics arevery very clear with all the proof from the asbestos exposure in the U.S.Wewondered if physicians and officials in Russia were aware of the risks posed tothe workers of the Euro Asbest asbestos mine and the people living adjacent sowe drove to the Oncology Center in nearby Yekaterinburg to meet Dr.Sergey Berezin, hoping he could tell us about the affect the pit in Asbestwas having on the citizens What are the most common types of cancer in this area? Do you have a lot of cases from Asbest? Not merely did Dr.Berezin not fear the air in Asbest, he seemed relatively fond ofthe mineral itself which perfectly contradicts what oncologists in the Westwould have to say about asbestos That’s asbestos! and you can really touch it like that? It’s not hazardous? That was such a strange interview As he wouldn’t let us speak to his patients at the Yekaterinburg Oncology Center We headed to the neighbourhood infirmary in Asbest to see if anyone there would speak out our fixer is trying to talk to one of the patientsnow but so far it’s not going so well She doesn’t want anymore it was clear that no one was going tosay anything bad about either asbestos or more importantly the company thatmines it, URALASBEST.URALASBEST owns this town it patronizes, it’s school, the health care system, football teams everyone’s livelihoodis depending on them it’s understandable that people who rely on a singleindustry for their support are not going to bite the mitt that feeds themwith negative remarks so to find out where russia really stands on thehazards of asbestos we went to Moscow to speak to the head of the Russian Academyof Medical Science Dr. Kovalevski has Who’s been conducting research on craftsmen in Asbest on behalf of the World Health Organization The parties in Asbestlive right next to an open asbestos oppose pit, Is this dangerous? Life is dangerous You have been studying the alters of asbestos exposure in Asbest since 2009, what has your research learnt so far? The problemhowever is not that studies and research will make years but that studies and research itselfhas been called into question by groupings of acclaimed scientists like Dr.ArthurFrank, “whos been” petitioned the World Health Organization to end their relationshipwith Dr. Kovalevski over ethical questions circumventing his ties to theRussian asbestos manufacture a wealthy and powerful business that is alive and wellin spite of well-documented health risks In russia they have stopped recordingmesothelioma separately as a type of cancer and have lumped it in with otherdiseases so that you no longer be able to identify mesotheliomas what we’velearned in public health is the absence of data doesn’t mean the absence ofdisease this is the same tactic that the tobaccocompanies consumed and saying we don’t know enough to say that tobacco is harmful wecertainly know enough about a chrysotile asbestos to say that it is harmful the fact that we’ve learned in the westthat asbestos use can cause mesotheliomas and that we’ve had an epidemic thatis continuing and will continue for a number of decades yet is nothing like what we’re going to seein the developing world like India and China the Indians import a lot ofRussian asbestos and they will have the same epidemic of mesotheliomas and otherasbestos-related cancers as we’ve had in the West because they have not learnedthe lessons that “were having” that asbestos is harmful and that it should not be used

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