Minnesota’s state health department did an analysis of iron miners and found a high incidence of mesothelioma. Another case of occupational exposure to asbestos resulting in cancer. Of course there are other pulmonary diseases associated with mining. The asbestos in question here was present in the ore pulled out of the ground.
The Pump Handle reports that Senator Murray’s hearings included testimony from a worker in the U.S. Capitol tunnels. We reported last year on the asbestos found underneath the Capitol building and the risks it poses to people working down there.
The Senate Health Committee’s employment and workplace safety subcommittee held a hearing yesterday and the widow of Bruce Vento testified. Vento was a congressman who died several years ago from mesothelioma. Senator Patty Murray is continuing her crusade to ban asbestos, and reintroduced her bill to ban the material. Murray has tried to get this bill passed before, but it always died. This time, she has committee chair Barbara Boxer as a co-sponsor, and reportedly has the support of majority leader Harry Reid, so prospects look better.