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ASBESTOS EXPOSURE RISKS AND CONCERNS SHARED AT COMMUNITY MEETING IN NEW ORLEANS

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August 23, 2022

ASBESTOS EXPOSURE RISKS AND CONCERNS SHARED AT COMMUNITY MEETING IN NEW ORLEANS

Asbestos advocates join photojournalist Earl Dotter to hear the concerns of residents and workers near four chlor-alkali plants that continue to use asbestos

New Orleans, LA – Yesterday the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy and community initiative, has partnered with award-winning occupational health and environmental photojournalist, Earl Dotter, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to host an educational community meeting and panel focused on potential risks of asbestos exposure.

The in-person event provided space for employees and their families who are currently or have been employed by Occidental Chemical, Olin and Westlake Chemical Corporations in factories using asbestos diaphragms to talk about their experiences with said companies and exposure to asbestos. The meeting also gave local residents the opportunity to share the impact of these chlor-alkali plants on their families and community.

“Chlor-alkali plants that use dangerous and obsolete asbestos diaphragms must be held accountable for their choices. Their use of asbestos creates multiple potential routes of exposure to this known deadly carcinogen. By coming together, we can raise awareness of risk, support families, and help prevent unnecessary illness and death,” said ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein. “Most Americans don’t know that asbestos is still legal and deadly in the United States today and that those most at risk of exposure, like these communities, deserve every opportunity to protect themselves from harm. caused by the chlor-alkali industry’s decision to continue using this deadly chemical,” she said.

There are four chlor-alkali plants in Louisiana that import and use raw chrysotile asbestos in their production of industrial chlorine and caustic soda:
Occidental Chemical Corporation – Covent, LA
Occidental Chemical Corporation – Taft, LA
Olin Corporation – Plaquemine, LA
Westlake Chemical Corporation – Plaquemine, LA

The roundtable included:
Linda Reinstein, president and co-founder of the ADAO;
Earl Dotter; photojournalist;
Travis London, public laboratory

Panelists answered questions such as “What is asbestos?” Where do we find it? What can I do to prevent exposure and illness? and highlighted valuable research and government resources that underscore the importance of identifying early symptoms and warning signs of asbestos disease and where to find quality treatment.

“Asbestos robbed me of my grandfather and left a hole in our family,” said Travis London of Public Lab. “There is no cure for diseases caused by asbestos. Education is the best prevention – and unfortunately most Americans, like my family, are left in the dark when it comes to the dangers of asbestos exposure. The purpose of this meeting was to educate those most at risk on how to avoid exposure and what to do if they are exposed.

“I would like to photograph local residents who have been impacted by chemical plants located in their communities. During my visit, I photographed chemical plants as well as any nearby residential communities,” said photojournalist Earl Dotter.

Asbestos, a known carcinogen, kills 40,000 Americans every year. This meeting and panel was organized to educate the most affected communities with relevant and lifesaving information, resources and treatment options. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, which can cause various fatal diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary.

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