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Asbestos Legislation: Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act

Asbestos Legislation: Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act

After six years, the U.S. Senate finally, and unanimously, passed Senator Patty Murray’s Ban Asbestos in America Act last October. The act prohibits asbestos where present at more than 1% by weight, calls for a public education campaign about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and directs critically-needed federal research to begin to develop treatments for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

On Thursday February 28 at 12:30 PM EST, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Minnesota Democrat Rep. Betty L. McCollum’s “Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act” (HR 3339); a piece of companion legislation to Sen. Murray’s. The act is dedicated to late Congressman Bruce Vento, who succumbed to mesothelioma in 2000.

Introduced in August, the bill’s proponents hope to get the President’s signature during this session of Congress.

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