ACC and chlor-alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos ban

25 Oct 2016 by under News

Obama signs bill 100x100 ACC and chlor alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos banLinda Reinstein, CEO and President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), has seen significant progress made in the fight to ban dangerous asbestos in the United States. This year alone, President Barack 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, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council () is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans.

The ACC isn’t fighting against an asbestos ban alone. The chlor-alkali industry, known for being the largest U.S. importer of asbestos, utilizes asbestos regularly for its production of chlorine and caustic soda, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, accounted for 90 percent of the 358 tons of asbestos imported into the U.S. last year.

“While many Americans have never heard of the chlor-alkali industry, we should not underestimate the influence this industry and the ACC have,” Reinstein stated in an editorial published by Huffington Post.

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.

Reinstein believes that if we are to finally have a ban on asbestos in the U.S. it will be because the government has decided to put the rights of people ahead of chemical corporations.

Sources:
Huffington Post
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