EPA Finally Bans Last Form of Asbestos In The U.S.

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The United States Environmental Protection Agency said that they have officially banned using Asbestos.

Asbestos is an ingredient that’s used in different goods and has been linked to multiple types of cancer. It’s a thin, fibrous material that naturally occurs in the world; it’s flexible and resistant to corrosion. It’s an inexpensive mineral which led manufacturers to use it in many products, but after scientists confirmed the connection with cancer because of the tiny fibers, they stopped using Asbestos in products.

The ruling applies to one last form of Asbestos which is called Chrysotile Asbestos and it’s the only one still used in items such as car parts like aftermarket brakes and some gaskets. Although Asbestos is not as commonly used in the United States anymore, there are an estimated forty thousand deaths annually that are linked to asbestos.

The EPA was happy and celebrated the change in a message saying that it was a “major milestone for chemical safety after more than three decades of inadequate protections and serious delays during the previous administration.”

Michael Regan, EPA Administrator, expressed the necessity for this ban and said, “The science is clear – asbestos is a known carcinogen that has severe impacts on public health. President Biden understands that this concern that has spanned generations and impacted the lives of countless people. That’s why EPA is so proud to finalize this long-needed ban on ongoing uses of asbestos.”

They have given companies a deadline to steer away from using Asbestos and to find another collusion to replace it with. Some businesses have a few months to make the change while others have a few years to make a change to another material.

The Environmental Protection Agency also said that they would be protecting people as they work through year-long phaseouts and people may still be exposed. Officials have said that this ban is “long overdue.”

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