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Lorain City Council hearing
Beryllium ban ordinance

 

March 27, 2000

Lorain City Council hearingPart of the overflow crowd at the Lorain City Council meeting on beryllium. At lower right, front row, is Hugh Hanes, Vice President - Governmental Affairs, Brush Wellman Corporation.

Dr. Kathleen FaganKathleen Fagan, MD, MPH, an occupational medicine specialist practicing in Lorain County and an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Full text of testimony.
"CBD has occurred not only in beryllium processing workers but also in guards and secretaries at these plants and in family members of beryllium workers. As recently as 1991, CBD was diagnosed in a family member of a worker who brought beryllium dust home on his clothes. According to the Federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, 'low, seemingly trivial exposure to beryllium may be important in causing beryllium disease'."

Sister Ann McNultySister Ann McNulty: "There is no question in my mind that Council should ban beryllium."

Bonnie LustekBonnie Lustek from Cleveland Jobs with Justice reads testimony submitted by the Environmental Justice Action Group in Tucson, Arizona (full text).

Robin KopronicaLorain resident Robin Kopronica brought beryllium samples collected by her father-in-law from the old Brush plant in Lorain.

ALL PHOTOS: JEFF SPENCE