EPA Allowing Asbestos Back into Manufacturing

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One of the most dangerous construction-related carcinogens is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a a serious of loopholes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as Fast Company reports. The article said that on June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) which allows new products containing asbestos to be created on a case-by-case basis.

According to Fast Company, the EPA’s recently released report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances states that the agency will “no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.”

This news comes after the EPA reviewed its first batch of 10 chemicals under the 2016 amendment to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires the agency to continually reevaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals in lieu of removing…

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  1. Asbestos may not be correctly understood by many people. The asbestos that gave the shipyard workers from WWII days cancer was brown asbestos. The asbestos used in insulation is white asbestos and some say that it is not carcinogenic. The removal of asbestos from building insulation (used as a fire retardant) in the US was and is a multi-billion dollar industry. Thus, there is a financial stake for some companies in keeping the fear around white asbestos alive. Of course, most office workers, students, etc. were never going to be exposed to the white asbestos used in insulation anyways if the buildings were not crumbling.

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