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Tell Congress to Ban Asbestos Now
A broad and determined coalition of fire fighters, public health, and safety officials are calling on the public’s support in their decades-long fight to convince the U.S. Congress to decisively ban deadly asbestos, a deadly carcinogen that continues to threaten the health of fire fighters and the public. 

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (S.1069 and H.R.2402) would prohibit the manufacture, processing, use, and distribution of commercial asbestos in commerce. The legislation is endorsed by Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), American Public Health Association (APHA), American Cancer Society (ACS),  Collegium Ramazzini, and The Environmental Information Association (EIA). 

Fire fighters risk their lives every day to protect citizens from life-threatening emergencies, including responding to fires where the presence of asbestos exposes fire fighters to this known carcinogen. Asbestos has long plagued our profession and contributes to increased occupational cancer rates attacking fire fighters double the public. The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act is a crucial step in eradicating this toxic threat and safeguarding the well-being of fire fighters nationwide.

By banning asbestos and its importation, use, and sale in the United States, we can protect individuals from the devastating effects of asbestos-related diseases. Please help us advance this legislation to protect our nation’s fire fighters and the communities they serve.

If you require additional information or want to discuss this matter further, please contact IAFF Governmental Affairs Representative Greg Russell (grussell@iaff.org).

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