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Scientists protest about Quebec’s “hypocrisy” over export of asbestos

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c639
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    More than 100 scientists from 28 countries have supported a letter calling on Quebec Premier Jean Charest to listen to international health scientists, including those from his own country, and stop asbestos exports.

    They suggest that the Quebec government is practising a double standard because it is “spending millions of dollars to remove chrysotile asbestos and other forms of asbestos from Quebec’s schools, hospitals, and buildings, while at the same time exporting it to developing countries and telling them it is safe.” The practice, which “seems to represent a high level of hypocrisy,” is “bringing dishonour on Quebec’s …

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