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U.S. Finally Moves to Ban Asbestos

The EPA announced that they are proposing a rule to ban chrysotile asbestos entirely. The substance, which is well known to cause cancer, is still found in many homes, schools, and other older facilities, and was used frequently in shipbuilding, equipment, car brakes, roofing, and more.

America is one of the last countries to move to ban asbestos, which is known to cause mesothelioma at even the lowest rates of exposure. This proposed rule is the first time the EPA is exercising its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was strengthened in 2016.

Following a 60-day period for public comment, the Biden administration has signaled they plan to finalize the ban this fall.

This ban focuses on chrysotile asbestos, which is 1 of 6 kinds of asbestos, but the only commonly used in the US. The EPA continues to study the other types of asbestos for a ban, and we encourage the EPA to move quickly to ban those types of asbestos as well.

Even though the vast majority of listed consumer uses of asbestos ended some time ago, it still plagues major corporations to this day. For example, Johnson & Johnson is involved in significant court battles across the country for asbestos found in the talc used in their baby powder.

Individual lawsuits are also ongoing for mesothelioma patients and their families, who are fighting for compensation from corporations and the military for knowingly exposing them to this cancer-causing substance. Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma, and life expectancy once diagnosed is very low.

The relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma, and the responsibility of corporations for exposing consumers to related health risks, is well established.

Managing partner Joe Belluck has been fighting to defend innocent consumers for decades. Before founding Belluck & Fox, Joe represented New York State in its litigation against the tobacco industry and was responsible for forcing them to stop sponsoring fake scientific research and to take down their billboards.

Today, Belluck & Fox is one of the preeminent, top-rated mesothelioma and asbestos law firms in the nation. With over 25 years of experience, Belluck & Fox attorneys have won over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients and their families.

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

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