Lawyer Monthly - February 2022

31 FEB 2022 | WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM COULD THE UNITED STATES LEGALLY BAN ASBESTOS FOREVER? manufacturing, power and chemical industries. Additionally, the US Army has used asbestos to prevent fires in virtually all military branches, especially in the Navy. Increased consumption occurred in the US due to the population's rising desire for cost-effective, mass-produced construction materials. Asbestos goods met that requirement. The US swiftly became the world leader in asbestos use, aided by a regular supply from nearby Canada. Although the outbreak of World War I, followed by the Great Depression, briefly curbed the exponential expansion of the asbestos business, World War II reignited that expansion. By 1942, the United States' use of asbestos had climbed to for years that no quantity of asbestos is safe to be exposed to but, nonetheless, banning asbestos in the US has proven to be a difficult task. By the end of the 1970s, the call for stronger laws and change in the asbestos industry only became louder as the link between asbestos exposure and lethal illnesses became increasingly evident. Before the 1989 partial asbestos ban, government authorities tried multiple times to curb its usage. The US government created the EPA to officially classify asbestos as a toxin, and the agency worked rapidly to allay public concerns about asbestos safety. The first actions Congress took on the EPA's advice were: - The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970, which designated all asbestos fibers hazardous and established toxicological exposure limits under the CAA's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) guidelines, and; - The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which increased federal asbestos control and empowered the EPA to regulate how asbestos-containing product makers and users packaged, handled, stored, and disposed of asbestos-containing materials. The EPA took a bold step in 1989 by implementing the Asbestos Ban and Phaseout Rule. The verdict would have gradually phased out all asbestos usage in the US. around 60% of global output. Consumption of asbestos in the US peaked in 1973 at 804,000 tons. Although medical proof linking asbestos exposure to various cancers was discovered as early as the 1930s, the federal government did not enact regulations restricting exposure until the 1970s. Previous attempts to fully ban asbestos Toxic asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral that has been widely utilised since the early 1900s, is one of the significant health risks that Americans have been exposed to for decades. Science has demonstrated Many people in the United States assume that asbestos was entirely banned decades ago.

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