Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry is Still Alive and Well

Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry is Still Alive and Well


The asbestos industry is able to thrive
in Russia because very little attention is given to human rights or civil rights. Putin really basically runs the show one might ask what is the future of
asbestos production in use as long as There’s profit to be made and officials to
be bribed, this will continue but if you can’t control asbestos the most notorious
industrial carcinogen known what can you control? asbestos is a remarkable mineral
actually stone, it is made up of tiny but extremely strong and flexible fibers it
was absolutely fire safe and water couldn’t harm it. We suggest you consider
this material for your home. Designed to last a lifetime, a trouble free
lifetime! Asbestos was once widely used in homes and buildings across the US but is now known as a carcinogen and hazardous substance because of the dangerous
health risks from exposure to this toxic mineral enormous effort is put into
removing it from houses and materials because asbestos kills more than a
hundred thousand people a year and is Banned in 59 countries. But rather than being left in the ground countries like Russia one of the world’s
largest producer of asbestos mines about a million tons of it a year and supplies
more than half the world’s asbestos to find out why anyone would still work with and sell such a dangerous substance we went to the home of the
world’s largest asbestos mine in a place so proud of their industry they named the
town after it Asbest, Russia Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that
asbestos exposure causes cancer as we drove through the town all we saw were
signs of local prime and a monument literally made out of a chunk of
asbestos Asebstos is often mined by using dynamite unfortunately that means the deadly
fibers are spread into the air which made me terrified of standing close to
the pit without full protective gear when I turned up wearing what’s legally
required in the USA and Europe I felt like an alien and really stood out from the
locals as it turns up the Euro Alaska Mine
is the local tourist attraction and if sightseers want to learn more they can visit a museum in town
dedicated to it asbestos mining boomed during the Soviet
era This formerly agrarian region became one of the hundreds of soviet mono towns who’s
entire economy was built around a single mine or factory to this day the Euro asbest mine provide seventy percent of the town’s income which means that
banning it would be economically devastating We visited the home of a local man who worked as an excavator drivers in the asbestos mine he
had lived his whole life in Asbest just a few minutes walk from the open
pit because of the impact this interview could have on his job and his family we
had to conceal his identity does everything in Asbest revolve
around the asbestos industry? Are you worried about any hazards that come with
working with asbestos? After this Euro Asbest employee surprisingly conveyed
that he was not fearful to handle asbestos we met a retired mine worker
who had a more skeptical outlook on the situation We wanted to find out more about the health risks of asbestos exposure we spoke to an expert
on the subject the esteemed epidemiologist Dr. Arthur Frank the term asbestos
refers to six naturally occurring minerals chrysotile being one of them it
is the only serpentine form the other five are called amphiboles they are
structurally different but medically have the same properties asbestos at one
time was called the magic mineral because it was utilized for many useful
things insulation materials it didn’t conduct electricity it was used as a
filtering agent over three to four thousand products alone and the United
States one time had asbestos. It was a wonderful material unfortunately it also
killed people what happens when you’re exposed is you both inhale it and you
ingest it. The asbestos has the ability to alter the nucleus of the cells so that
these cells now become cancerous get a lung cancer or the disease we call
mesothelioma this cancer of the lining of the lung that fills the lung with
fluid in most cases and then over time literally suffocates you and will
ultimately kill you in the United States this had a
devastating effect on those people exposed essentially everyone in the
construction trades was exposed shipyard workers were exposed and many others
have been exposed over time the effects of asbestos exposure in the United
States is evident in mining towns like Libby, Montana water, soil, home, school playgrounds in industrial sites in Libby were contaminated with asbestos as a result of a nearby vermiculite mine
and processing operation owned by WR Grace and Company normally safe and used
in many products the vermiculite in the mine was heavily contaminated with asbestos
and as a result over 400 people have died in Libby due to exposure to
asbestos or from asbestos related diseases She comes down here in her cart, leaves it right here, gets out, goes to the bathroom She…She can’t even brush her teeth and she has to come out here and stand here and get her breath before she can even sit down because it makes her worse when she sits down for a couple seconds. It’s terrible she got a special bed, she has to have Don Munsel never worked in the mine himself. His stepfather did and the asbestos dust in the clothes he brought back from work was enough to
give Don severe mesothelioma I just think I’ve been cheated They should have warned the people in this town about the seriousness of it they got away with murder I didn’t think I’d ever get it cause i never
worked there but I did I gotta stand up a little bit and all this talking even shortened my breath out real bad Yeah, I’ve lived in this country all my life I never thought this would happen to me These five tanks last two weeks And now that she’s up on eight I don’t even think it’ll last two weeks if it takes me over 60 seconds to do this, she passes out, she literally will pass out They knew it was bad for us and they let us expose our babies and people that would come and visit us “Oh, the best way to show them how this stuff works is to pop it for them” So you get a little piece of paper, a little piece of the ore, vermiculite and it would be no bigger than a slice of your paper and you’d heat it up and it would *shh* go about this thick It was amazing but it was the worst thing we could’ve done to them I was a foreman and I had to go up a lot and so she’d ride up there with me, and my kids We’d go over there, take them through the plant and show them how it run and stuff and… I miss being spontaneous we loved
to fish, so we’d go behind the screening plant that was a good easy fishing hole
after dinner the babies, I could set them down in that asbestos sand They’d build sandcastles and they’d play and build all kinds of things in this asbestos while I just had fun fishing as beautiful as this country is, it killed us I know it’s gonna kill me and it’s probably gonna kill my kids and husband and it didn’t really kill us, it was W. R. Grace that killed us they knew they knew… In June 2009, The EPA
declared a public health emergency in the town of Libby and surrounding
communities the area is now designated as a Superfund site also known as a
hazardous waste site and the EPA investigation and cleanup of the site is
ongoing the asbestos in libby is a different kind of asbestos than what’s
mined in russia but the scientific community has found that all types of
asbestos can cause cancer and deadly lung diseases to find out why this toxic industry
continues to thrive around the developing world we met with MIT professor and former
chair of the National Advisory Committee on occupational safety and health, Dr.
Nicholas Ashford the asbestos industry today I think
you would have to say is you know a criminal industry and all the
epidemiological societies, fifteen of them, have endorsed the fact that this should be regarded as a hazard and when you deliberately disregard public and worker health you’re committing murder
there’s no other way to put it you could argue that you don’t know
which particular worker you’re murdering but on the whole, the statistics are
very very clear with all the proof from the asbestos exposure in the U.S. we
wondered if physicians and officials in Russia were aware of the risks posed to
the workers of the Euro Asbest asbestos mine and those living nearby so
we drove to the Oncology Center in nearby Yekaterinburg to meet Dr.
Sergey Berezin, hoping he could tell us about the affect the mine in Asbest
was having on the citizens What are the most common types of cancer in this area? Do you have a lot of patients from Asbest? Not only did Dr.Berezin not fear the air in Asbest, he seemed quite fond of
the mineral itself which completely contradicts what oncologists in the West
would have to say about asbestos That’s asbestos! and you can just touch it like that? It’s not dangerous? That was such a strange interview As he wouldn’t let us speak to his patients at the Yekaterinburg Oncology Center We headed to the local hospital in Asbest to see if anyone there would speak out our fixer is trying to talk to one of the patients
now but so far it’s not going so well She doesn’t want anymore it was clear that no one was going to
say anything bad about either asbestos or more importantly the company that
mines it, URALASBEST. URALASBEST owns this town it sponsors, it’s school, the health care system, football teams everyone’s livelihood
is depending on them it’s understandable that people who rely on a single
industry for their livelihood are not going to bite the hand that feeds them
with negative remarks so to find out where russia really stands on the
hazards of asbestos we went to Moscow to speak to the head of the Russian Academy
of Medical Sciences Dr. Kovalevski has Who’s been conducting research on workers in Asbest on behalf of the World Health Organization The people in Asbest
live right next to an open asbestos pit mine, Is this dangerous? Life is dangerous You have been studying the affects of asbestos exposure in Asbest since 2009, what has your research found so far? The problem
however is not that the research will take years but that the research itself
has been called into question by a group of acclaimed scientists like Dr. Arthur
Frank, who have petitioned the World Health Organization to end their relationship
with Dr. Kovalevski over ethical questions surrounding his ties to the
Russian asbestos industry a wealthy and powerful business that is alive and well
in spite of well-documented health risks In russia they have stopped recording
mesothelioma separately as a type of cancer and have lumped it in with other
diseases so that you no longer can identify mesotheliomas what we’ve
learned in public health is the absence of data doesn’t mean the absence of
disease this is the same tactic that the tobacco
companies used and saying we don’t know enough to say that tobacco is harmful we
certainly know enough about a chrysotile asbestos to say that it is harmful the fact that we’ve learned in the west
that asbestos use can cause mesotheliomas and that we’ve had an epidemic that
is continuing and will continue for a number of decades yet is nothing like what we’re going to see
in the developing world like India and China the Indians import a lot of
Russian asbestos and they will have the same epidemic of mesotheliomas and other
asbestos-related cancers as we’ve had in the West because they have not learned
the lessons that we have that asbestos is harmful and that it should not be used

100 thoughts on “Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry is Still Alive and Well

  1. great job America, take the focus off of all the fraking you do and blame the Russians. nothing ever changes

  2. It’s really sad that 45 rolled back asbestos rules so that his boss could sell the poison to US Citizens

  3. It really is too bad asbestos is so dangerous because it also has some amazing properties and probably thousands of uses.

  4. Theres a rule of thumb. You cant help someone who doesnt want help. so why try. Help them when they want it

  5. Question is why are the people that isnt afraid of asbest not getting sick? I would love a interview with that doctor again to see if anything’s changed with his health.

  6. What’s sad is Canada only banned mining it completely last year (2018) (except they can still process tailings but don’t worry I’m sure it’s perfectly safe) There were still operating mines in Quebec where many people employed in the industry didn’t believe it was all that bad for you. (Probably the same people who don’t vaccinate their kids and belong to the flat earth society)

  7. Media is SO EXTRA what’s a chemical suit gonna do? The mask is fine but it’s not going to kill you standing there lmao. Especially skin

  8. My grandfather was exposed to asbestos during his time and now has COPD, honestly it's just disgusting that russia continues to prosper on it.

  9. I got exposed removing a ceiling, it contaminated everything, car, bedroom, living room, clothes etc. Cleaning is near impossible It just keeps cross contaminating anywhere I go. My plan now is to fly to another city with nothing but a new pair of clothes.

  10. LMFAO that science guy in Moscow said the same thing the journalists covering the ricin assassination of that other journalist. “Life is dangerous, accidents happen-“ when she asks if living near an asbestos mine is dangerous. Freakin Russians man.

  11. i destroyed a small half broken building in my backyard it was made out of red bricks….i am ok?

  12. i just moved to a new house in russsia it was build in late 50s…but my grandma did not like the walls inside so i had to remove old paint from the walls so they could paint them again….the whole room was with dust and my arms were white because of dust….im worried did that old paint contained asbestos???

  13. Even in the US there isn't enough data about the mineral's behaviour in different substances or it's behaviour in the human body. If you dig deep enough there is even shocking information about how it is STILL imported and used in products in the US. Even our own CDC publishes information that seems to contradict previous years of research. While this is exemplary of the progress of research and discovery… it is too easily mischaracterized by the very people that are sworn to protect the public. VIce should do more to expose asbestos related corruption in the US because that is what is ultimately interesting and useful to Americans.

  14. Its their country, leave them alone. Its safe in a lot of forms….. they use it, people buy it, get over it. There is still lots of places with it. Its not your country.

  15. That substance in your home is fiberglass?

    False. Asbestos is commonly mistaken for fiberglass. For your own safety you should contact a professional.

  16. I can't speak about any other country but the UK companies making money from asbestos knew what it was doing to people for years before the public knew. Too much money to be made from it.

  17. it don't help matters but ive worked on and off with it on site for 55 years and im as fit as a fiddle . rarely ever cough unless I get a cold .

  18. Why people are so concerned about health. We are here on this planet just for few days. This is not permanent just a phase of your life. So chill there will be other way to die if not cancer no one is permanent here. We are like tourist of Earth

  19. “If you don’t fear it then you want get it. The body will heal itself…” 😐 nice logic sir 😂 I

  20. I’m glad the are trying to remove that doctor from being part of the WHO as he seems completely biased. Lesson learned…do not go to a doctor while in Russia for a visit, fly back home immediately!

  21. God those guys are so stupid that said "if you don't worry the body will heal itself." People have this attitude where they think they are tougher than poison. It disgusts me that they would be so careless about their health and their families.

  22. Didnt had to got to russian

    In canada there is a town called Asbestos, and they still mine it there and ship it to india/china….

    So lay low with your russian hate

  23. I have been exposed. Worry about cancer. But you can't deny there's a use for it. Thus industry. The proper ppe. And can be used. My home growing up had it. If I get mesothelioma then I wouldn't know where. As I have worked with it and grew up around it. As I ain't too far from libby. Corporate greed kills many.

  24. I'm an asbestos removal operative people need to be aware about this stuff make no mistake it's a killer

  25. It’s your own body’s defence system that kills you, your body will put a bubble around the fibre (in the lung) and fill it with an acid to try and break down the fibre but the fibre Pearce’s the “bubble” and the acid that leaks from them over time is what kills you

  26. The trouble is that in some instances, asbestos is still the best available option
    In the beginning of this video she says it’s banned in a hundred n something countries
    But it’s not really banned, it’s still used.. just not very commonly
    You’ll still find it used in new naval vessels
    New construction of power turbines or boilers will likely use asbestos as well
    It’s marked, and maintenance crew well aware of it so it’s dealt with carefully during maintenance procedures as to not damage the insulation and cause dust
    Once the asbestos product has been installed it’s safe, as long as it’s left alone.

    Asbestos will always have a use

  27. so who would still handle such a dangerous thing lmfao ever heard of nuclear power ffs. i would rather an asbestos factory over a reactor thanks

  28. Corporations hiding the information from the general public like the tobacco and asbestos companies did; same concept applys to the herbicide and pesticide companies

  29. That fucking Russian physician guy was so condescending and about the topic like it was a joke that the rest of the world is concerned about it. But it was clearly all for show because he wouldn't even let the investigators talk to his patients haha.

  30. as americans, we should probably just let the opposing countries (Russia) continue to mine hazardous material as it will make them ill and less powerful.

  31. Russian logic *you only get sick when you’re scared of it if you’re not scared the body heals itself”

  32. In Russia nothing affects us we beat everything and everyone, people will fall under the hand of Russia.

  33. Also deady and cancerogenic!! And nobody talks about this.. Must watch it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

  34. Same shit like in Chernobyl: lies, lies and again lies!!!!!
    And those who say the truth are vilified and laughed from.
    Fear and stupidity, this is the best way to control masses with brainwashing and demoralization.
    Russian people need to wake up from this dirt and lies they are in, but only if they want to… its upon them!

  35. as someone who is half english and half russian i can see this crisis in a more understanding way, obviously russia's use of asbestos is literally deadly but you have to consider the social and economic effects banning it would have – as was lightly touched upon in the video. it would wipe out towns and communities. not to say that justifies it but i felt that wasn't emphasised enough here, so often i see russia be blamed and made to look like the bad guy when, yes there is much corruption, but that has nothing to do with the standard person who's just trying to make ends meet.

  36. I wanna know why some get it fiercely and others who around it a lot have none? I feel like when we start asking the real questions like why someone didn’t get sick vs only talking about the ones that did will get us to our next step in humanity. Negativity and fear sell just like the tobacco industry. But why didn’t it wipe more out? Just remember we are breathing in, tasting, and touching the next thing we will come to find out is dangerous. Cilicia dust in concrete is just coming in.

  37. "Things happen to you only when you are afraid of them" Is the most Russian thing possible. TL;DR. Its the Russian way of saying. "Fuck it"

  38. This reminds me of the Climate Emergency and the coverup of the health effects, just like how the tobacco industry did, of the oil industry.

  39. If your getting your roof replaced avoid Ailsa Building Ltd at all costs , Walked out my door today and the was about 3-4 guys on the scaffolding above me dancing n singing to the radio and one guy brushed a pile of asbestos on top of my head , A was like WTF! There 3-4 you's on the roof can one of you's not watch for people coming out there door , And he started laughing , No warning no signs , Health and saftey hazardous , You think they would dispose of hazard materials in a safer manner instead of brushing it on the path way for everyone to walk it into there House's

  40. If asbestos is in my ceiling, is that why sometimes I have trouble breathing??

    Please tell me I’m 12 and I don’t want lung cancer😥😥😰😰

  41. When is Russia going to stop being the Boogey man and people start accepting the REAL boogey man who actually holds all the money and power…AKA THE UNITED STATES…wtf

  42. She said that the american abestos and the russian one are different. But she doesn't provide any details. She had to spend 2 or 3 min on it

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