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Andy Lang visits the gravesite of his sister Bertha Reed, Sunday November 20, 2022 in McIntosh, Alabama. Lang worked at the Olin Corp. chemical plant as a contract pipefitter, his sister retired after working as a lab analyst. Soon after she retired, Reed, who did not smoke cigarettes, was diagnosed with lung cancer. She died in 2017 at age 64. Rich-Joseph Facun for ProPublica hide caption

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Tony Garfalo, a former OxyChem worker. Rich-Joseph Facun for ProPublica hide caption

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They inhaled asbestos for decades on the job. Now, workers break their silence

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A photo taken in July shows what's left of the Jeffrey asbestos mine in Asbestos, Quebec. The town has voted to change its name to Val-des-Sources. Eric Thomas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A decontamination crew from the Environmental Protection Agency works on extracting asbestos fibers from a barn in the Libby area. The EPA has cleaned thousands of homes, buildings, and public spaces in the most expensive environmental clean up in American history. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Stalks A Montana Town Already Grappling With Asbestos Disease

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Claire's stores, such as this one in New York, are a common sight in U.S. malls. The company says its "products are safe" and disputes the FDA's findings, saying they "show significant errors." Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Amianthus, a variety of asbestos. Exposure to the fibers can cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen. DEA Picture Library/Getty Images/DeAgostini hide caption

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