Asbestos decision attacked

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Asbestos decision attacked

Cancer Society wants mine plan stopped

Postmedia News, The Gazette April 15, 2011 4:14 AM

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the Quebec government to withdraw its support for an expansion at an asbestos mine in the province, citing the health concerns associated with exposure to the material.

The national group said it was “deeply disappointed” that Quebec Economic Development Minister Clement Gignac conditionally approved the expansion of the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos, about 150 kilometres east of Montreal.

“From a public health point of view, the Quebec government has made the wrong decision as all forms of asbestos cause cancer,” Paul Lapierre, the CCS vicepresident of cancer control, said in a news release. “We strongly urge Minister Gignac to re-consider his decision and to withdraw this support.

“This decision directly conflicts with global cancer control. The epidemic of asbestos-related cancers, both in Canada and around the world, will continue to spread.”

The CCS said occupational exposure to asbestos claims more than 100,000 lives each year.

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