Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
A senior official of the World Health Organization says it stands by its estimate that asbestos-related diseases, including certain forms of lung cancer, kill more than 107,000 people around the world each year.
“I can’t really understand the decision in terms of health. Chrysotile, which is the asbestos the Jeffrey Mine produces, is a killer. “The number of people whose deaths are attributable to this – and they are all in Third World countries ’cause nobody here will use the stuff – is the same as a jumbo jet of people crashing every day the year around. That’s a huge number. So from a health prospective, I can’t understand it.” (Dr. John Haggie, President, Canadian Medical Association)
On Friday, June 29th, it was announced that Quebec’s Jeffrey asbestos mine will get a $58-million loan guarantee from the Quebec government. This mine was shut down last year because of financial problems. The loan guarantee will enable the mine to operate and export asbestos for the next 25 years.
The Quebec and Canadian government’s support of exporting asbestos is highly immoral because asbestos is a known carcinogen. The federal government acknowledged years ago that the dangers of chrysotile asbestos warranted limits on its export, but still do not support a worldwide ban.
The asbestos industry in Canada states that there is no danger from using the product if used safely and the guidelines for use are followed. The sad truth is that most of this asbestos will be exported to India and other developing countries where the guidelines for safe use are not followed.
The financial benefits derived for some Canadians by this decision does not justify the health misery that the use of this product will cause in the countries that import asbestos.
— Got #Mold? (@gotmoldglobal) July 2, 2012