EPA plans a meeting to discuss libby vermiculite mine cleanup

NPR/MT Public Radio by Aaron Bolton

Libby, MT – Federal environmental regulators will hold a meeting in Libby on Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m. to talk about the future cleanup of the nearby defunct vermiculite mine. Asbestos from the mine led to a public health emergency in Libby. The meeting will outline the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s response for determining what the clean-up process for the former mining site near Libby and Troy will look like. For the full text and audio, click here.

EPA Seeks Data On Asbestos Imports and Uses

Chemical and Engineering News

Washington, DC – EPA wants to know how much asbestos, including asbestos in mixtures and products, was imported or processed in the US over the last 4 years. It also wants information on how asbestos was used and on worker exposure. Asbestos manufacturers, processors, and importers would need to report such information under a proposed rule the EPA announced May 5. The proposed rule is open for comment until July 25 and can be found here. For the full text of the article, click here.

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

The National Law Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 24, 2022, that it is extending the public comment period for the April 12, 2022, proposed rule that would prohibit ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos to give stakeholders more time to review the proposed regulation and prepare comments. EPA is extending the comment period an additional 30 days, from June 13, 2022, to July 13, 2022. For the full text of the release, click here.

US Asbestos Imports Surge Despite Crackdown

E&E News by E.A. Crunden

Washington, DC – Advocates are reiterating calls for a national ban on one of the world’s most notorious carcinogens, with data showing imports for asbestos are on the rise this year despite ongoing regulatory action. Tracking by the U.S. International Trade Commission shows that 114 metric tons of raw chrysotile asbestos have been imported in the first three months of 2022 — a number exceeding the 100 metric tons imported during the entirety of last year. Those imports are driven by the chlor-alkali industry, which uses asbestos diaphragms to make chlorine. Chrysotile asbestos, or “white” asbestos, accounts for the overwhelming majority of asbestos brought into the United States. For the full text, click here.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Applauds Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022

ADAO Washington, DC

ADAO applauds Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Suzanne Bonamici for their unwavering dedication, leadership and perseverance to protect Americans from deadly asbestos,” said Linda Reinstein, ADAO President and widow to the bill’s namesake. “ARBAN will take long-overdue action to stop hundreds of tons of raw asbestos imports and asbestos-containing products from entering the U.S. This legislation will protect all Americans — especially vulnerable workers, consumers, first responders, and children — from being exposed to this deadly carcinogen. For the full text of the release, email info@eia-usa.org.

bonamici, merkley introduce bicameral legislation to ban asbestos and save lives


Washington, DC – Oregon’s Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley this week introduced the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022, legislation to prohibit the manufacture, processing, use, and distribution in commerce of commercial asbestos. The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022 will ban the importation and use of all six of the recognized asbestos fibers, expanding on the EPA’s recent proposed rulemaking which will only ban one. The full bill text can be found here. For the full text of the release, click here.