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Chrysotile Institute will not acknowledge usefulness of continuing asbestos ban

Clément Godbout, president of the Chrysotile Institute is quoted by a journalist saying that Turkey’s asbestos ban will have little effect.

From Le Soleil, le 08 janvier 2011 (full article in French):

Turkey has not bought chrysotile (asbestos) for at least six years, so it has not been a client of Quebec enterprises for several years,” explains Clément Godbout, president of the Chrysotile Institute.

Turkey had already partially banned asbestos and the total ban means that the use of asbestos will now be forbidden in all products and that the sale of products containing asbestos will also be forbidden.

“Don’t forget that Turkey is seeking to enter the European Union and that the banning of asbestos is one of the first conditions required to enter. At bottom, it is Europe which is pursuing its anti-asbestos crusade,” deplores Mr Godbout.

…”For us, 2010 was hell. The anti-asbestos lobby went at it with a campaign never seen before in user countries. Everything was put in place to challenge chrysotile. In these circumstances, we were incapable of getting our message out,” stressed the president of the Chrysotile Institute.

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