19 Jul '12, 9pm

Science Matters: Quebec and Canada keep deadly asbestos industry alive

Science Matters: Quebec and Canada keep deadly asbestos industry alive

Because asbestos is a known carcinogen, it has been banned by more than 50 countries , including all members of the European Union. They appear to be getting along fine without it, probably because there are safe alternatives for construction, fire-proofing, and other asbestos functions. Canada and the U.S. have not banned it but don't use it much anymore. Although Canada doesn't have a domestic market for asbestos, we actively support the industry and promote exports to other countries, especially India. In fact, Canada is one of only a few countries that still exports asbestos. And despite these times of government cutbacks, the Quebec government has even stepped in to keep the industry alive by agreeing to lend the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Quebec, $58-million to restart and expand. The Jeffery operation is one of the two last asbestos mines in Canada, both of which wer...

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