The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently announced final rule on asbestos reporting. As the team at OnderLaw, we are dedicated to championing causes that promote safety and justice. Join us as we explore the significance of this new directive, its potential impact, and the steps we can take together to protect our communities from the dangers of asbestos.
The EPA’s New Directive:
On July 6, the EPA revealed its comprehensive rule that mandates thorough reporting on asbestos, a highly toxic and carcinogenic mineral that has taken a tragic toll on countless lives. This directive, which falls under the Toxic Substances Control Act, requires importers and manufacturers of asbestos-related products to report information on use and exposure over the past four years.
The Importance of Data Collection:
This reporting rule comes as a part of the EPA’s Risk Evaluation of Asbestos Part 2, which focuses on legacy asbestos and its proper disposal. The goal is to gather vital information about any products containing this dangerous mineral, applying to all six types of asbestos. Armed with this data, the EPA can make more informed decisions to safeguard the health and safety of the public in the future.
The Reality of Asbestos Exposure:
The devastating consequences of asbestos exposure cannot be ignored. The mineral is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer with a grim prognosis. Its impact can take decades to surface, affecting the linings of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testes. The average mesothelioma patient faces a life expectancy of only 12 to 21 months. Thousands of lives are lost each year to this preventable tragedy.
Lawsuits and Advocacy:
It is heartening to see that ten states, Washington, D.C., and various health and advocacy organizations are taking the lead in demanding stronger asbestos oversight. One such organization, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), has been dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases. Their efforts, including lawsuits and petitions, have significantly contributed to the implementation of the EPA’s final Asbestos Reporting Rule.
Focus on Chrysotile Asbestos:
While the new reporting rule is a significant step forward, we must not forget that chrysotile asbestos, the only type still imported into the United States, remains a concern. Found in various household products and building materials, chrysotile is hazardous to human health, and no amount is safe for exposure.
Fighting For Your Rights:
The EPA’s new rule represents a positive stride in the right direction, but it is crucial that we continue to advocate for stricter regulations and, ideally, a complete ban on asbestos, including chrysotile. Together, we can ensure that future generations are spared from the devastating consequences of this deadly mineral. At OnderLaw, we stand firmly with the EPA’s efforts to protect people from asbestos exposure. Let us unite in spreading awareness, supporting advocacy organizations like ADAO, and demanding responsible action from manufacturers and importers. Only through collective action can we build a safer and healthier world for ourselves and our loved ones. If you or a loved one have been injured by exposure to asbestos, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.