Today, more than 50 countries ban the use or severely restrict the use of asbestos in any building materials.
A recent report by the BBC and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, identified the top five producers of asbestos in the world in 2008 as:
• Kazakhstan: 233,000 metric tons
• Canada :
Backed by a multinational lobbying campaign, the use of asbestos is growing rapidly in a number of developing countries, and experts are warning these countries that they will face an epidemic of health problems associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. The largest consumers of asbestos in 2008 were:
• Kazakhstan: 109,000 metric tons
It was reported that demand for asbestos is increasing and that Canadian mines are looking to boost products at some of their mines. The top exporters of asbestos are:
• Kazakhstan: 216,000 metric tons
• Canada: 176,000 metric tons
Darrell Maclean commented on the report. “Given the dangers of asbestos, I was astonished to learn about the level of production in the World and that demand is on the increase.”
The report goes on to say that the Canadian government is coming under pressure from Canadian scientists and the World Health Organization who believe further production and sale of any asbestos materials will just extend the duration of the health problems that are associated with this material. Millions are at risk.
Darrell Maclean, added, “As a native of Canada, I was particularly troubled by the fact that Canada produces and exports asbestos to other countries. It is my understanding that very little asbestos is used in Canada.”
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Southern Middlesex Industries, Inc., (SMI) is an Environmental Remediation company with over 25 years experience and expertise in industrial in the safe removal and disposal of asbestos, lead, mercury, mold, pcbs and other environmental contaminants.