LinkedIn by Tom Laubenthal
National – With the US EPA’s recently proposed ban on chrysotile, it is helpful to understand a brief history of asbestos ban efforts in the US to understand the context and details. From specific categorical bans in the 70s to failed attempts at total asbestos ban legislation in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, EPA and other agencies have been unsuccessful in their public health missions, to protect people and the environment. The latest activity is the result not of agency action in the interest of public health, but of litigation and the advocacy of nonprofit organizations such as ADAO and EIA.
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