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CANADA –Stop exporting Chrysotile to Asia
The Quebec government is preparing to give a loan guarantee of $58 million to rescue the asbestos industry and allow the opening of the new Jeffrey underground mine. The Jeffrey Mine Inc. plans to export 200,000 tonnes of asbestos a year from the new underground mine to developing countries for the next 25 to 50 years.
We believe that the governments of Canada and Quebec must take responsibility for the damage that the continued production and export of chrysotile will do to workers’ health.
We urge the government of Quebec not to invest the $58 million in the Jeffrey mine, and instead to invest in a programme of just transition for the affected communities to provide them with safe, healthy, sustainable employment.

For more information please visit the BWI webpage

8 December 2010

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