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September 2016
Dear Beth Panaccione,

Most people know asbestos is a serious health hazard. But what might surprise many is how prevalent it still is today despite years of dire health warnings and the continued risk of exposure in schools, businesses and homes. This month, the latest.

Kids Need School Supplies After Hurricane Harvey
The severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston public schools just before the start of the 2017 school year. Trial Lawyers Care and the Houston Independent School District have launched a joint initiative to replace school supplies for more than 200,000 students, nearly 75% who are economically disadvantaged. Just click on the link below for a school supply "Wish List" and purchase supplies for direct shipment to Houston. There they will be handed off to needy students as identified by the Houston Federation of Teachers. But hurry: the Wish List closes Sept. 24. Thank you!
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“You Should Know” Risk and Prevention Guide

Asbestos: Lethal and Still a Threat to All Americans

Kid Respirator
Asbestos is found in thousands of U.S. schools. Learn more.

Backpack: check.

Pencils: check

Respirator: ???

Two years ago, the Ocean View School District in Orange County, California, was forced to close multiple schools and bus 1,600 students to temporary classrooms when asbestos was discovered during a modernization project. The cost of the asbestos abatement project, combined with the cost of bussing students to other schools, as well as lost state revenue due to parents who pulled their children out of the district, topped $15 million.

Asbestos remains a widespread hazard. Nearly all U.S. schools built between the 1940s and the 1970s contain asbestos. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), any building constructed before 1981 is presumed to contain asbestos.

How do you identify and prevent possible asbestos poisoning in your schools, workplace and home? 

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125 million
The World Health Organization estimates that about 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos at work.
According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), 15,000 U.S. citizens die from asbestos-related diseases each year.
8 million
More than eight million pounds of asbestos has been imported into the United States over the last decade.

Asbestos Industry Still Alive and Well

Even though asbestos is banned in 59 countries, 2 million pounds of the toxic substance is still exported every year. View video.

Three Schools in One District Test Positive for Asbestos Exposure

Three schools in Huntington Beach, California, were shut down for high levels of exposure, putting 1,600 students at risk and without a school to attend. View video.

One Man’s Fight With Mesothelioma

The Wall Street Journal spent a year with Texas surgeon and veteran Brian McQueen as his health deteriorated from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.  
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