Asbestos Treaty Talks 'Hijacked': Canadian MP

Law360, New York (October 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Efforts to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of hazardous substances recognized by an international treaty have “failed dismally” as a result of “sabotage” by the Canadian government and other asbestos-producing and consuming countries, according to a Canadian member of parliament.

Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, an international treaty on trade of hazardous substances, met in Rome on Tuesday to discuss whether to add chrysotile to a list of hazardous substances that can't be traded without “prior informed consent” from the country importing them.

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