If you’re reading this, you know about asbestos and the devastating impact it can have on lives. Due to the recent passage into law of extensive reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a ban on asbestos in the US is promising. However, the need to capitalize on this momentum with senators is imperative. To that end, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is hosting the 10th Congressional Staff Briefing on September 13, 2016, from noon to 1:00 PM, in Washington, DC.
How Can You Help?
The ADAO invited the health and environmental staffers of all senators to attend. To encourage this, it is important to contact senators, therefore the most important action from you is to call your two U.S. Senators – calls from constituents are extremely motivating. The ADAO made this easy by supplying the following information:
1 Find your senators’ DC phone number here.
2 Call their offices using the script below. If necessary, leave a voice message and/or email the staffer.
3 Post your message on my Facebook wall to let the community know you have called and what their office said.
“Hello, my name is (first name) and I am one of your constituents from (town where you live). I’m calling to confirm that your health and environmental staffers received the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s invitation to their Staff Luncheon Briefing on September 13 at 12 PM. This invitation was sent to your office on Monday August 1. This briefing is important to me and I urge them to attend this educational briefing about implementing TSCA and why asbestos must be prioritized in the first ten high-risk chemicals. Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 7, 2016 via the link on the invitation flyer or call: (310) 251-7477. Thank you.”
If you want to do more, join the new 6-Word Quote || Raise Your Voice Campaign! Instructions on getting involved are on the ADAO blog.
Approximately 15,000 people lose their lives each year in the US due to asbestos exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce ten high-risk toxins for prioritization in the next months. It is imperative that asbestos be on that list.