Senate passes TSCA reform bill designating asbestos as carcinogen

22 Dec 2015 by under Legal

Senate TSCA Reform Bill Passes Recognizing Asbestos as a Carcinogen CANVA 450x225 300x150 Senate passes TSCA reform bill designating asbestos as carcinogenThe Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), reports the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) has passed in the U.S. Senate and is now headed for the reconciliation process between the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. This legislation is the first significant overhaul of the primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976. The TSCA provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce.

Asbestos has impacted millions of people’s lives around the globe. Now thanks to S. 697 and the dedication of those involved in its creation, asbestos is set to be considered a high-priority chemical, recognized as a carcinogen. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sponsored S. 697 while managing to receive broad support from not only the U.S. House and Senate, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Environmental Defense Fund. The bill even drummed up support from leaders in the chemical industry, such as DuPont, 3M, Dow Chemical Co. and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD).

Asbestos exposure is the under-reported killer that causes more than 107,000 deaths annually worldwide. For decades, asbestos has remained in thousands of products such as insulation, fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, textiles, cement, and wallboard materials. What many people forget is that when asbestos is broken or crushed, such as in a renovation, its particles can remain in the air. Inhalation or ingestion of these tiny asbestos particles leads to devastating illnesses, including one of the most fatal cancers– .

Sen. Barbara Boxer was named by ADAO as one of the strong leaders determined to bring about change in the chemical industry and help protect people’s health and environment.

“I have been assured that as the House and Senate bills are merged into one, the voices of those who have been most deeply affected, including nurses, breast cancer survivors, asbestos victims, and children, will be heard,” Sen. Boxer said in a statement to ADAO. “I will have the opportunity to be in the room at every step and express their views.”

However, while the legislation is set to bring about much-needed improvements, there is still work to be done. ADAO now asks those in the asbestos-related community to continue supporting the bill by sharing your story with state officials in your area. For more information on ADAO and how to help make a difference in your community, visit ADAO’s website at www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org.

Source: ADAO

 

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