Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

In this Nov. 23, 2013 photo, asbestos cement roof panels, some broken and rejected, lie on the grounds of Nibhi Industries Pvt. Ltd. in the district of Bhojpur in the north Indian state of Bihar. Scientists and medical experts overwhelmingly agree that inhaling any form of asbestos can lead to deadly diseases, but the Indian asbestos lobby say the risks are overblown. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) VAISHALI, India (AP) — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.

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