New York Mesothelioma Lawyer Criticizes Moves to Expand Asbestos Production at Canadian Mine
Joseph W. Belluck, a New York attorney who represents mesothelioma victims, criticizes Quebec government for moving ahead with a plan to allow more production of chrysotile asbestos.
New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011
New York personal injury attorney Joseph W. Belluck said today that Canadian officials’ support of a plan to expand production and exportation of asbestos to improve the region’s economy would come at the expense of workers’ health in other countries.
“It’s outrageous that a government would permit this toxic mineral to be shipped elsewhere, where it can expose another generation to illness,” said Belluck, a New York City personal injury attorney whose firm, Belluck & Fox, LLP, is one of the country’s leading advocates for the rights of mesothelioma victims.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Quebec government officials last week agreed in principle to guarantee a $58 million loan that will be used to expand the Jeffrey Mine ““ one of the largest open pit mines in North America ““ into underground operations.
The expansion would allow the mine to annually produce up to 180,000 tons of chrysotile asbestos by 2012 and eventually as much as 225,000 tons per year, with most of the exports going to India, the newspaper said.
Asbestos was once widely used in a variety of products in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere, including in insulation, automotive brakes, fireproofing, pipe covering, cement mixtures, joint compounds and floor tiles. Construction and industrial workers have been especially exposed to the mineral.
Today, asbestos use is limited in the United States but it is still not banned. It is also used around the world in developing countries.
The mineral has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer which results from breathing in asbestos fibers that become lodged in the thin membrane that lines and encases the lungs. Each year, more than 90,000 people die from asbestos exposure.
The New York Times recently reported that Philip Landrigan, Dean of Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, stated in a letter to Quebec Premier Jean Charest that “there is no safe exposure level. It goes on killing for generations.”
“As an attorney who has seen up close the impact of asbestos exposure on the lives of mesothelioma victims and their families, I can’t imagine how anyone would support expanding this operation,” Belluck said. “It’s time to put an end to asbestos production ““ period ““ and put public safety first.”
About Belluck & Fox, LLP
Belluck Fox LLP is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims as well as victims of crime, medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, exposure to lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won nearly $350 million in compensation for clients and their families.
Partner Joseph W Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers in the New York Area and in Super Lawyers. Mr Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco, and lead paint including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $12 million.
Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers in the New York Area and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.
In September Belluck Fox LLP won a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms which was published jointly by U.S News World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing showcased 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.
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