Canada to Keep Asbestos off Trade Blacklist
Source: The Guardian
A coalition made up of Canada and a number of developing countries has successfully lobbied to keep chrysotile asbestos from being added to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances. Chrysotile is the most commonly used form of asbestos and the majority of other nations had wanted it included on the dangerous substances list because of its causative association with mesothelioma and lung cancer. In successfully lobbying for its position, Canada has said it will continue to mine, and trade, the mineral.
The decision to keep asbestos off the list was met with disappointment by a number of parties, from national governments to consumer and medical advocacy groups. The carcinogenic aspects of asbestos exposure have been known for years and thousands of people die every year from diseases, such as pleural mesothelioma, associated with the mineral. The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published a scathing editorial in opposition to the government’s position.