With Memorial Day approaching next week, we thought this would be the perfect time to spread some awareness about the unseen dangers soldiers have faced in our military. While they battled our country's enemies on sea, land, and in the air, many military personnel were unknowingly exposed to asbestos during their time of duty.
"If more congressional representatives developed mesothelioma, maybe Congress would be more sympathetic to the concerns of the victims of asbestos-related illnesses, like mesothelioma," Susan Vento, the wife of the late Rep. Bruce Vento, writes in opposition to an Orwellian-titled bill currently working through the Congress. The bill is the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act), which the industry portrays as protecting the asbestos trusts from multiple claims by victims.
In reality, this is a solution in search of a problem, and the real purpose of the bill is to create numerous, complex procedural requirements that would make the process of filing a claim with an asbestos trust more difficult, in the hopes of frustrating the claimant or delaying claims until the victims have died.
Brayton Purcell LLP is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Petaluma Walk to End Alzheimer's! We had a ton of fun raising awareness and funds at last year's event, and cannot wait to see what happens this year.
We've been checking in with some recent bills passing through Congress as they make their way to the House of Representitives, but the time to take action is NOW! The markups of the Furthering Asbestos Awareness Transparency (FACT) Act and the TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act) Modification Act are set to take place tomorrow, May 14th.
Among all of the blue collar positions that Americans hold, mining is one of those most at risk for asbestos exposure on the job. Because asbestos and other natural minerals have been mined from our earth throughout the centuries, those that worked in those mines are very much at risk for asbestos related diseases today.
It is more than a little ironic that someone would have to move into Libby, Montana, the Superfund site and location of a vermiculite mine that contained asbestos, and which contaminated much of the town and its people, in order to be diagnosed with asbestos scaring of your lungs.
Such was the case of a man who retired to Libby. You see, he had lived in Henderson, Nevada. He was police officer in Las Vegas, and he enjoyed outdoor activities, riding ATVs and mountain bikes.