To my best understanding -- "white asbestos poses no significant risk to human health" is incorrect.
Specifically on chrysotile commonly referred as
I'll first raise up one relatively recent counter article by
George Monbiot -- The superhuman cock-ups of Christopher Booker.
From BMJ article
Lung cancer mortality in North Carolina and South Carolina chrysotile asbestos textile workers
Accepted 9 December 2011; Published Online First 20 January 2012
Conclusions Increased rates of lung cancer were significantly associated with cumulative fibre exposure overall and in both the Carolina asbestos-textile cohorts. Previously reported differences in exposure-response between the cohorts do not appear to be related to inclusion criteria or analytical methods.
Here is a reference from the Australian NHMRC on Asbestos related diseases
These are just extracts, the article has more notes and references.
Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring silicate minerals that are made up of fine, fibrous crystals. Three of these are crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown or grey asbestos) and chrysotile (white asbestos).
Asbestos becomes a hazard when microscopic fibre fragments become airborne and are inhaled. Due to their size and shape they can remain airborne for some time, and enter even the smallest air passages in the lungs where they embed in lung tissue. The fibres are highly resistant to removal by the lungs’ natural cleaning processes.
Exposure to asbestos fibres greatly increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer, particularly if they are also a smoker.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleura. It typically grows quickly and spreads widely before symptoms appear, making its early diagnosis and effective treatment very difficult. The average survival time after diagnosis is only 6-18 months. A very small exposure to asbestos can be enough to trigger the cancer, however only a small percentage of people exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma. There may be a lag of 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure before mesothelioma results.
Who is at risk of asbestos-induced cancers?
Those who are particularly at risk of asbestos-induced cancers, as noted by the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc,are people exposed to the loose fibres of asbestos in mining, manufacturing, building and construction or at work, school or in the home; as well as those exposed through asbestos removal, and the consequences of uncontrolled, unsafe removal.
The UK Health and Safety Executive "confirmed that white asbestos (chrysotile) is a major health hazard" in 2002.
Finally, it would help to note that the Daily Telegraph article, Billions to be spent on nonexistent risk under
Christopher Booker's Notebook is dated
13 Jan 2002.
Going a little sideways here, it is interesting to see what
Christopher Booker writes these days: The Gleick affair is further proof of the warmists' endless credulity dated
25 Feb 2012.
I am specifically not attaching any extracts to avoid distracting from the asbestos subject here. But, you'll find the wikipedia reference from his name above aptly gives views from his peers and scientific community.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and judgements; this equally includes readers as well as writers of these articles.