EPA Would Restore Asbestos Reporting Rules Under Planned Settlement

Department of Justice by Cameron Ayers

National – The EPA is on the cusp of a settlement with anti-asbestos activists, one that eventually would require asbestos importers to once again report exposure and use data. During a virtual court hearing April 15, a Justice Department representative announced that the EPA has reached an agreement in principle to settle with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and other entities that sued the agency over its regulation of asbestos. Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), companies that produce or import toxic chemicals must disclose exposure and use data to the agency as specified by the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. Asbestos was one such chemical until the agency exempted it from the requirements in 2017. 

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