Killing Asbestos: How You Can Help Finally Silence This Toxin
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- 1976 – This was when the first act came into law that gave authority to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess and control chemical substances, with further regulation powers over 60,000 chemicals. This original act was known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
- 1989 – The EPA issues a final ruling to begin phasing out asbestos use in the U.S.
- 1991 – Following overwhelming contestations from manufacturers and producers of asbestos, the EPA ban was overturned. The EPA was criticized for not entirely taking into account the cost of the ban.
- 1991-2016 – Regulations largely remained unchanged since the rule banning asbestos use was overturned in 1991, with some exceptions.
- 2016 June – The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century is brought into law as an overhaul of the TSCA.
- 2016 November – Asbestos is included within the initial ten chemicals to be assessed under this law.
- 2017 – The Regulatory Accountability Act is currently being considered in the Senate. It would obligate the EPA to include cost to manufacturers when controlling chemicals.
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- The EPA must rely on health and environmental considerations in their entirety when deciding how to regulate harmful materials and substances. In years past, the EPA had to consider the potential effects a banned substance would have on various industries — which is why asbestos has remained unbanned up to today.
- Those among society who are more vulnerable to toxic substance exposure will be prioritized — e.g. children, senior citizens and pregnant women.
- Manufacturers will need to notify the EPA ahead of production of a new chemical, and the EPA will have authority to deem it safe or require testing on it. Moreover, the EPA can also investigate substances that are already on the market.
- The EPA will prioritize the order in which they investigate and regulate each chemical, meaning asbestos could theoretically be fast-tracked. Deadlines will be institutionalized to provide a standardized procedure for assessing and keeping tabs of each chemical with which they are involved.
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