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Canada to boost carcinogen production
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:34:38 GMT
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Bernard Coulombe, president of Mine Jeffrey, a mine in Quebec which plans to restart the production of carcinogen asbestos.
Despite global bans on asbestos, a carcinogen responsible for over 90,000 annual deaths worldwide, Canada continues to be one of the main exporters of the substance.

Some 95 percent of Canada's 200,000-ton asbestos production is shipped to developing nations such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

These countries typically have weaker worker safety laws.

Asbestos is a toxic mineral which is proven to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The disease results from breathing in the asbestos fibers that then become lodged in the thin membrane that lines and encases the lungs.

Mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to standard cancer treatment.

The use of asbestos in construction has been prohibited since 1993 by Germany. Some 52 countries abide the law.

Canada is also among the nations who have adopted the ban. However, Ottawa ranks as the world's fifth largest exporter of Chrysotile asbestos.

Furthermore, last week, the Canadian government approved a massive fund to reinvigorate an asbestos mine in a city named after the toxic mineral in Quebec.

Ignoring the dangers and harms of the toxic substance, Bernard Coulombe, president of Mine Jeffrey, claims that asbestos is the key to the town's thriving future.

The expansion of Mine Jeffrey would keep Canada in the asbestos market for 25 years.

Local and international organizations around the world have condemned the mine's revival in an attempt to eliminate the development of any asbestos-related diseases.

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