A victory for the public’s right to know about asbestos

A victory for the public's right to know about asbestos

Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule requiring comprehensive reporting on the import, use and disposal of asbestos. When finalized, the rule will require “Manufacturers and manufacturers of certain types of asbestos and asbestos-containing articles (as impurity) in the past four years to report certain exposure-related information, including amounts of asbestos manufactured or processed, types of use and employee data … The proposed rule also includes articles containing asbestos (as an impurity) and asbestos that is present as a component of the mixture.

Today’s announcement comes as a result of work done by our coalition partners at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which led the Trump EPA’s legal challenge to deny a petition to ensure that the EPA had Gathered all the information needed to evaluate and finish. This extremely dangerous chemical substance poses a serious risk of cancer and lung disease to the American public.

We are delighted to join ADAO and the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), Defend Our Health (formerly the Center for Environmental Health Strategy), and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and eleven state attorneys general . legal action.

As EPA moves to appraisal and management All Forms and uses of asbestos, this rule must result in complete and accurate information to which the public is entitled, and the EPA requires the best possible understanding of asbestos exposure and exposure to effectively protect the public from this deadly chemical substance .

For more information see Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Press Release,

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