Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban act

7 Mar 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban actCongresswoman Susan Bonamici (D-OR), along with cosponsors Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Paul Tonko (D-NY), introduced a House companion bill to The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 (), aimed at expediting a ban on imports and use of the carcinogen, both now and the future. ARBAN was introduced in the Senate in November 2017.

The Act empowers the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make the manufacture, processing, use, commercial distribution, and disposal of asbestos illegal after 18 months of its passage. Currently, as mandated by the Frank K. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which passed last summer, these actions can take up to seven years to be deemed illegal.

“We have known about the dangers of asbestos for decades, and many countries have banned it for good reason. It’s past time for Congress to take action and save lives,” Congresswoman Bonamici said. “Congress and the EPA must immediately work together to protect the health of our communities from this known carcinogen. Families in Oregon and around the country have lost parents, children, and loved ones to asbestos-related diseases, and there is no reason more families should have to suffer. We must protect our communities and make sure that nobody else is exposed to this deadly toxin.”

Asbestos is a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to malignant melanoma, a rare and deadly type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other organs. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization combines education, advocacy, and community initiatives to prevent and end asbestos exposure. The nonprofit organization seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights.

Source: Business Wire

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