US Asbestos Epidemic

The Tennesseanby Jim Morris

International – Although asbestos use in the US plummeted from a peak of 885,000 tons in 1973 to 1,609 tons in 2008, the nation’s epidemic is far from over. As many as 10,000 Americans still die of asbestos-related diseases each year; one expert estimates that 300,000 or so will die within the next three decades.