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Leading Asbestos-Cancer Group Urges Congress to Partner with Them and Support Funding Provisions in Asbestos Ban Legislation
Date:2/28/2008

- The following statement was issued by The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) to coincide with hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the "Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act"(HR 3339), today, Thursday, February 28, 2008. The Meso Foundation is urging the House of Representatives to move expeditiously and step-up to the plate in allocating research funds for mesothelioma and

partner with the Meso Foundation in developing effective medical

treatments. -

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is urging Members of Congress to pass Representative Betty L. McCollum's (D-Minnesota) "Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act" (HR 3339) and work with the Senate to get a bill to the President's desk for his signature during this Congressional session.

Today at 12:30 PM EST the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on HR 3339. This is the companion legislation to Senator Patricia Lynn Murray's (D-Minnesota) legislation in the U.S. Senate. The Act is dedicated to late Congressman Bruce Vento, who succumbed to mesothelioma in 2000. (Due to the length of the URL link, please copy and paste into a browser window for the audio webcast: http://energycommerce.edgeboss.net/wmedia- live/energycommerce/11991/100_energycommerce-2322_060901.asx )

Last October, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senator Murray's Ban Asbestos in America Act, which prohibits asbestos where present at more than 1% by weight, calls for a public education campaign about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and directs critically-needed federal research to begin to develop treatments for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

For decades, asbestos was used heavily in Navy ships and shipyards;
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