EWG Action Fund /// Asbestos Nation
Asbestos is responsible for countless deaths around the world, including at least 10,000 each year in the U.S. alone. Many Americans might think it’s been banned, but it has not. It’s lethal, legal and continues to pose serious risks to millions of American families.Explore Below
April 15th, 2015
March 31st, 2015
In 1989, the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to ban asbestos. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit threw out most of the agency’s regulations in 1991. This case, commonly called Corrosion Proof Fittings, is frequently cited as an example of just how broken the Toxic Substances Control Act, really is. Almost 25 years later, hundreds of thousands of pounds of raw asbestos and asbestos-ladenmaterials are still being imported into the U.S. annually. In fact, since 2006, more than 8 million pounds have arrived through our ports.
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