Companies Pay Big Money to Lobbyists on Asbestos Issues

posted on:
August 14, 2007


Disclosure forms posted by the Senate public records office show that Vulcan Materials Co., an asphalt and concrete supplier based in Birmingham, Alabama, spent $360,000 in first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government regarding legislation banning asbestos in the United States and issues related to transportation funding.

Goodrich Corp., an aerospace and defense parts supplier based in Charlotte, North Carolina, paid Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLC $100,000 in the same period to lobby Congress on asbestos-related issues.

The Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on July 31, 2007 and will next be considered on the Senate floor. The proposed legislation would ban the importation and use of asbestos, mandate public education on the dangers of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related disease and fund research on treatments for asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

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