Wednesday, April 3, 2013


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Public Hearing on Asbestos Legislation Ironically Held During

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

April 1st marked the start of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, a week-long event designated by Senate Resolution 66, and promoted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

The ADAO event website includes daily articles on asbestos and stories submitted from Victims families, including a story from Barbara Minty McQueen.  Barbara is the widow of beloved American movie icon Steve McQueen who died from pleural mesothelioma in 1980 after being exposed to asbestos at the Washington, DC Naval Yard in the late ‘40s.

“I was told his cancer was progressing at an advanced rate and that I should prepare for the inevitable,” Barbara said. Steve McQueen died two years after being diagnosed.

According the Barbara, “Steve lived everyday like it was his last, and was so fond of living his life through his saying ‘when I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.’ That is how I, and so many others, feel about the fight against asbestos. We must continue to fight against its production and use, in the United States and abroad.”

Asbestos can affect anyone. Alan Reinstein, former President of ADAO, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003, and subsequently lost his battle in 2006. “Because of asbestos exposure, our then-10-year-old daughter had to watch her father slowly die from a preventable disease,” Linda Reinstein said.

Ironically on Thursday, April 4th, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 19 (AB-19) – Personal Injury Trusts (asbestos legislation). AB-19 is the latest effort to delay or deny justice to people who are injured or who die as a result of asbestos exposure.


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