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The Silicate Murderees

A proposed asbestos unit faces spirited opposition

The Silicate Murderees
AFP (From Outlook, May 16, 2011)
The Silicate Murderees
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Serving Krishna Poison

  • Proposal to set up an 1.8 lakh tonne per annum asbestos making unit in Andhra’s Krishna district (its third, if it comes up) attracts widespread criticism
  • Asbestos is carcinogenic
  • Fifty-five countries have banned its mining and use
  • India has been phasing out asbestos mining since 1986

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It was called a magic mineral till it was found to be carcinogenic. Asbestos, which is used mostly in the construction industry and is known for its durable, fire-resistant quality and cheap price, is now primarily associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma (cancer that develops from the protective lining covering internal organs) and ‘asbestosis’. Such is its toxicity as a human carcinogen that 55 nations have banned its mining and usage entirely. India, however, continues to use it in various sectors despite its proven threat.

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