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Asbestos has been one of the most well-studied chemicals in the history of occupational epidemiology, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. It has also been involved in thousands of lawsuits that have distributed tens of billions of dollars to various persons over the past 40 years.
Experts in this area must have a reasonable command of at least 160-500 published papers in order to be a subject matter expert. For example, in a set of comments that we submitted to the EPA on May 26, 2020 related to the Proposed Risk Assessment for Chrysotile (available upon request), we cited nearly 300 references.
Some members of our staff have studied asbestos for more than 20 years and they have served on various advisory boards that addressed all three commercial forms of asbestos. Dr. Paustenbach has given more than 400 depositions on the toxicology and industrial hygiene aspects of asbestos. He and others have conducted more than 1,000 exposure assessment. He has a good understanding of the state of the art regarding the understanding of the asbestos hazard over time. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts on asbestos (exposure science, toxicology, take-home exposures, by-stander exposures, and exposure to residents). Dr. Paustenbach has testified about chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, the Libby amphiboles, tremolite, and anthophyllite.
Our firm is an authority on the historical hazards posed by chrysotile in bakelite, gaskets, radios and TVs, vehicle brakes, elevator brakes, motorcycle brakes, and other friction materials.
Our library of information on asbestos is among the most complete in the nation.