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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Details its Plans for Mesothelioma Awareness Month

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Activities Confirm the Continued Push for the EPA to Recognize
Asbestos as Lethal and the Need for a Ban, and the Administration's
Continued Deadly Courtship with the Asbestos Industry

The
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO),
an independent
nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education,
advocacy, and community work; today announced that it is once again
participating in Mesothelioma
Awareness Month
this September. During this important month, ADAO's
community will honor and remember Mesothelioma Warriors with a number of
events and actions including: The Miles for Meso Race, ADAO's 13th
Congressional Staff Briefing, flying a flag over Capitol Hill in honor
and remembrance of asbestos victims, and more.

ADAO President and CEO, Linda Reinstein, outlined the importance of this
month:

"Each year nearly 40,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases,
yet imports and use continue. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has been tip toeing around enacting an asbestos ban in the U.S. even
though asbestos is a known carcinogen that is legal and lethal.

"It is a stark reminder as we begin Mesothelioma Awareness Month, that
asbestos importers and users continue to lobby Congress and allow this
man-made disaster to endure. It is unconscionable to know that
yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing for
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, which, if
confirmed could drastically shift the direction of our country as
Kavanaugh is staunchly anti-environment.

"President Trump and the EPA, who have close ties to the chemical
industry, have defended the ongoing deadly imports and use of asbestos.
Russia's Uralasbest company, one of the largest asbestos producers,
posted photos on its Facebook page of pallets of chrysotile asbestos
wrapped in plastic with Trump's image at the center of a large red seal
stating: APPROVED
BY DONALD TRUMP, 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

"For the second year in a row, Senator Dick Durbin has helped ADAO
secure a flag to fly over Capitol Hill in honor and remembrance of
asbestos victims for Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The ADAO community is
eternally grateful for the work and advocacy of United States Senator
Dick Durbin of Illinois and his tireless staff, for enabling this
monumental occasion to become a reality."

ADAO awareness events this month include:

September 22: Miles for Meso Charity Race:
The
10th annual Miles
for Meso Charity Race
will take place on September 22 to raise
asbestos awareness and funds for education. Participants can run in
honor of a Mesothelioma Warrior by wearing a tribute
bib
.

September 26: 13th
ADAO Congressional Staff Briefing:

The briefing
will discuss increased asbestos imports and deaths; EPA's failure to
address and evaluate the largest risk of asbestos exposure in homes,
schools, workplaces, and our environment; AHERA asbestos violations in
CA, TX, and PA; new legal and legislative actions; and the Alan
Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act. Credentialed Staffers Only.

September 26: #ENDMeso Twitter Chat:
During
this hour-long Twitter
Chat
— which will be bilingual, in English and Spanish — ADAO will
tweet a series of questions about asbestos awareness and personal
experiences with mesothelioma, sparking a global conversation about the
dangers of asbestos.

Leading up to Mesothelioma Awareness Month, ADAO will continue to
collect signatures for its petition to the EPA to Ban Asbestos Now
without Loopholes and Exemptions, which recently surpassed 100,000
names. Interested parties can help ADAO reach its goal of 150,000
signatures and tell
the EPA to ban asbestos NOW
.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by
asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest
non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and
concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy,
and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and
protect asbestos victims' civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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