In June, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.
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Linda 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 (EPA) set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans. (more…)
A former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, N.Y., has been targeted for demolition and asbestos removal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has likely announced the removal efforts due to the high risk associated with asbestos exposure in relation to various diseases, including one of the deadliest cancers known – mesothelioma. The structures on the site are dilapidated and collapsing.
“At the request of the local government, the EPA sent staff and federal resources to stop the potential release of asbestos,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck in an EPA press release. “EPA will make sure that the buildings are taken down properly and that asbestos is not spread into the community.” (more…)
Known for being the largest U.S. importer of asbestos, the chlor-alkali industry may have to rely on a new mineral if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides to review the safety of asbestos under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The chlor-alkali industry 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. Thankfully, the recently reformed TSCA will be taking 10 chemicals currently allowed in the country into evaluation and many experts believe asbestos should be among them. (more…)
On 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 (EPA) must act quickly by making asbestos one of its first 10 chemicals under evaluation.
“The success of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act 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. (more…)
Since 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been the root of countless health hazards, including more than 84,000 dangerous chemicals that have been allowed into commerce. However, after decades of hard work, President Barack Obama has signed into law extensive reforms to the TCSA that will allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better protect Americans’ lives. (more…)
With nearly 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos-related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. (more…)
Brady Sullivan-owned Mill West Properties in Lawrence, Mass., is now under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the company was believed to have been responsible for dumping toxic sandblasting grit that tested at 70 percent chrysotile asbestos.
According to New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), a number of emails were exchanged last September between several New Hampshire officials, Massachusetts environmental officials and the EPA regarding what was referred to as the “black beauty” sandblast grit. The emails also stated that 10 truckloads of the asbestos-tainted grit had been deposited in the basement cement of the Mill West Properties building, as well as in several piles outside. (more…)
Asbestos removal is a serious process that requires the utmost caution in order to prevent exposure to its harmful particles. Unfortunately, several citizens near a building demolition project claimed on social media to have witnessed Port Clinton, Ohio, firefighters tearing down pieces of an old building without regard to the state’s EPA safety protocols. However, thanks to some investigative reporting, the Sandusky Register discovered who the real culprits were. (more…)
A man who once dedicated his life to meting out justice from the bench may have had his life cut short as a result of a hazardous material in his own courtroom. Adenocarcinoma, a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure, took the life of retired New Jersey Judge Amos Saunders on Aug. 16 of this year. The litigation pinning the judge’s alleged asbestos exposure to the Passaic County courthouse will “absolutely” continue on and be amended to a wrongful death case, Saunders’ attorney, Rachel Placitella, told the New Jersey Law Journal. (more…)