For many, asbestos seems like a problem of the past. Unfortunately, asbestos remains a danger for many workers. The U.S. remains a large importer of raw asbestos. It is still used in industrial manufacturing processes.
A few days before Christmas, a recall announcement raised concerns for many parents. Claire's, a popular retailer that sells accessories, beauty products, and jewelry to girls and young women, decided to pull some of its makeup products after a Rhode Island television station aired a story that quickly gained national attention. A woman contacted the station after claiming that she sent a makeup kit her daughter had received as a gift to a laboratory and the results indicated the presence of termolite asbestos.
Libby, Montana, included one of the nation’s largest vermiculite mining sites. In the years since the mines closed, thousands of former workers, their spouses and residents have developed mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Thousands have died from asbestos-related diseases.