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Present Day Asbestos Mining

Despite the fact that many countries have banned most uses of asbestos, the mineral is still mined on every continent except Antarctica. In fact, asbestos mines exist in many highly populated countries, such as Canada, Russia, Brazil, Greece, South Africa, and several others. Russia is the world leader in asbestos mining, extracting 720,000 tons of this dangerous material from the earth in the year 2000 alone.

Many people were exposed to asbestos on the job or in public buildings before the material was banned, and because of this exposure, many individuals have developed mesothelioma and other dangerous asbestos-related conditions. Sadly, the conditions that asbestos exposure causes often do not manifest themselves until years after exposure when treatment is difficult or impossible. If you are suffering from mesothelioma or another condition caused by asbestos exposure, fill out the contact form at the top of this page to contact the Asbestos & Mesothelioma Help Center.

Where Does It All Go?

Asbestos is still used in many nations that have not regulated, or have loosely regulated, asbestos use in construction and manufacturing. China and India, two of the world’s most populous nations, allow unregulated asbestos use. In India, attempts to ban asbestos have failed. Additionally, some nations in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America still allow asbestos use.

This global demand for asbestos is one of the main reasons that many mines are still in operation. Even in the United States, there are a number of products that are still allowed to contain small amounts of asbestos.

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If you’ve developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please fill out the contact form at the top of the page. The Asbestos & Mesothelioma Help Center can help you learn more about the medical and legal options available to you.

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