Thursday, April 06, 2006

Asbestos $4 Billion Settlement - Canada is the Next

Building products company USG Corp. said Monday it had reached a nearly $4 billion settlement to resolve all current and future claims for asbestos-related injuries against it.

But Canada has started exporting 96 percent of the asbestos mined in its territory.

France has banned the import of asbestos in its territory. For this, it has to fight a battle with Canada in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO has given a judgement in favour of France upholding its decision to ban the import of asbestos from Canada.

However, the same France is more than eager, in giving a green signal to Clemenceau to export the asbestos to India. Obviously, once again the attempt is being made to transfer risk from one country to another and from one social group to another.

Canada-based CGC Inc. gypsum company is next for asbestos claims.

In Ottawa, Canadian War Museum confirmed there is asbestos in the building.

Also buildings in the Ottawa Elementary School District will be undergoing repairs over the next several years and removals of some asbestos tile.


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