ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reform

29 Jun 2016 by under Legal, News

adao logo ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reformOn June 22, President Obama made history by changing the future of chemical exposure by signing into effect the Frank. R Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976. However, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the Environmental Protection Agency () must act quickly by making asbestos one of its first 10 chemicals under evaluation.

“The success of the hinges on the EPA’s ability to prioritize asbestos in the first 10 hazardous chemicals and to expeditiously ban asbestos,” ADAO co-founder and president Linda Reinstein told Bloomberg BNA.

Unlike most chemical exposure-related diseases, exposure to asbestos in any amount can lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases, mostly due to the small size of asbestos particles and their ability to travel into the human body. One of the deadliest forms of cancer, mesothelioma, is caused by asbestos exposure and can affect the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, though progress is being made every year.

Throughout the years prior to the TSCA reform, legislators and proponents of the update referred to the 1991 court ruling that overturned the EPA’s asbestos ban as the main reason why the outdated law needed improvement.

In his remarks during the Frank. R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act signing, President Obama said the following: “The law placed demands on the EPA that were so tough, so onerous that it became virtually impossible to actually see if those chemicals were harming anybody.

“The system was so complex, it was so burdensome, that our country hasn’t even been able to uphold a ban on asbestos—a known carcinogen that kills as many as 10,000 Americans every year. I think a lot of Americans would be shocked by all that,” he continued during the groundbreaking signing.

David Goldson, the director government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, recently told Bloomberg BNA that the group also plans to participate in the many implementation requirements in the new law.

Source: Bloomberg BNA

 

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