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Asbestos advocate Max Baucus leaving congress

May 9th, 2013

A proponent of asbestos and mesothelioma awareness will be leaving the U.S. Congress in 2014. Senator Max Baucus served 36 years as a congressman for the state of Montana, which has been hit particularly hard with asbestos problems.

Baucus fought to tighten regulations on asbestos and recognize Libby, Montana as a disaster area needing federal assistance. He also designated the first week of April as Asbestos Awareness Week, in part as a tribute to the more than 300 people from Libby who have died from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic building material used most prevalently from the 1940s through 1970s, though the substance is now highly restricted. Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma cancer, a fatal disease that can take decades to develop.

 

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