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EPA Fully Bans Chrysotile Asbestos: A Critical Step Towards Protecting Public Health

In a significant move to safeguard public health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a ban on chrysotile asbestos, a toxic mineral responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths in the United States each year. This announcement comes as a crucial step in addressing the widespread presence of this cancer-causing substance.

This long-awaited ban marks the culmination of decades of effort to address the pervasive threat posed by asbestos. Despite previous attempts by the EPA to eliminate its use, including a federal ban over 30 years ago that was subsequently blocked by a court order, asbestos has remained a persistent danger in homes, schools, and various industries across the country.

“Today is a historic day for our country, bringing hope and some solace to the countless workers and families affected by asbestos,” said Joe Belluck, managing partner at Belluck & Fox. “We may not have a cure for mesothelioma, but we are thankful to the EPA for finally doing the right thing and trying to stop it in its tracks. This ban means a safer, healthier future for generations to come.”

Chrysotile asbestos, one of six types of asbestos, has long been recognized for its role in causing mesothelioma and other serious health issues. Also known as “white asbestos,” chrysotile asbestos is the only form of asbestos still used and imported in the United States today.

The positive effects of this ban extend beyond regulatory measures. Asbestos litigation continues to unfold across the country, with major corporations facing legal battles over their role in exposing consumers to asbestos-related health risks. From Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products to cases involving military veterans, the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is well established, highlighting the urgent need for accountability and justice.

Joe Belluck’s dedication to defending innocent consumers spans decades, exemplified by his groundbreaking work in tobacco litigation. Today, Belluck & Fox stands as one of the nation’s premier mesothelioma and asbestos law firms, offering compassionate support and legal expertise to those facing the challenges of asbestos-related illnesses. With over 25 years of experience, Belluck & Fox attorneys have won over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients and their families.

At Belluck & Fox, we stand in solidarity with those impacted by asbestos-related illnesses and commend the EPA’s action to protect public health. While this ban represents a significant victory, our commitment to advocating for the rights of victims remains unwavering. As we celebrate this milestone, we remain vigilant in our pursuit of justice and accountability for those affected by asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, reach out to Belluck & Fox for a free consultation.

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