U.S. House approves bill requiring report on asbestos content in imported brake products

11 Jun 2014 by under Legal, News

US House of Representatives 100x100 U.S. House approves bill requiring report on asbestos content in imported brake productsAt the end of May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed , the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. This bill makes appropriations for science-related programs and will include funding to investigate imported brake products for the presence of .

The bill was supported by the and its Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC), a part of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). At the MEMA legislative summit held in April, BMC representatives met with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va), the bill’s sponsor and chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to emphasized the importance of the request.

Bill Hanvey, BMC group executive and Vice President of AASA, told AutoCarePro, “U.S. manufacturers have worked diligently to meet requirements to remove asbestos from their brake friction products over the past 10 years. However, some internationally manufactured brake friction products made with asbestos are still being imported into the U.S. market.”

The bill requires the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to deliver a report regarding imported brake products containing asbestos within 120 days of the act’s passage.

According to a statement on the MEMA website, in regards to asbestos inspection of imported brake products, the bill reads as follows:

Asbestos brakes.—The manufacture of asbestos brakes has been banned in the United States for about 10 years yet the Committee understands that some imported brake pads are still manufactured with asbestos. Commerce shall submit a report within 120 days of enactment of this Act regarding the current policy with respect to the importation of asbestos-containing brakes and an assessment of the ability of U.S.-based manufacturers to produce brakes without asbestos or other banned substances.

The bill has been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, S.2437.

Asbestos exposure is linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that most often affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen.

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

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