California's State Rock: Toxic

Take our survey to test your knowledge about the state rock of California.

1. Did you know the state rock of California is serpentine, which contains chrysotile asbestos, a known human carcinogen?

Yes No

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2. Did you know that in 1965 the California assembly made serpentine the state rock by statute in a unanimous vote because, citing from the legislative history, serpentine, ""is of great economic importance to California [and] is the host rock for the state's newest and more rapidly-growing mineral industry-asbestos, now bringing in several millions of dollars annually?

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3. Asbestos is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths every year in the United States. By the end of 2007, the total number of asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths in California alone (not including other asbestos-related diseases), is expected to climb over 7,600.

Should the state rock of California be a toxic, cancer causing rock?

Yes No

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4. Should the state legislature choose a substitute for serpentine?

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4A. If you answered "Yes" above, which alternative is most appropriate?

California Jade

Quartzite

Beach Sand

Basalt

Don't Care

Other

5. How do you feel knowing that the state of California's state rock is a known human carcinogen responsible for the deaths of thousands of Californians every year? (Pick your top three responses in order of importance to you.)

Shocked

Disgusted

There must be a good reason

Sad

Don't Care

Other

6. Would you vote for a California Governor, senator or assemblyperson who refused to vote in favor of removing serpentine, asbestos ore, as California's state rock?

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*** POSTED AUGUST 25, 2004 ****