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The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, S.3427

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016 S.3427 was introduced to the Senate on September 28, 2016. Supported by Senator Barbara Boxer, this bill was read and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Its purpose is to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to potentially have asbestos banned in the United States. If passed, it would prohibit manufacturing, processing, use, distribution and disposal of asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that had widespread use throughout the 20th century in the United States and around the world. Asbestos fibers are strong, fire resistant, abundant, and cheap,...

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Asbestos Exposure – Can We Really Control It?

Asbestos is typically thought of as a substance that is no longer in use anymore because it is a well-known carcinogen. Asbestos is fire resistant, strong, cheap, abundant, and absorbs sound. It is no wonder it rose to popularity throughout the 20th century since it was so versatile.  While asbestos is solid rock, it is unique in that it is made up of tiny fibers that are able to be extracted – making its use even more widespread. Not many people know that asbestos was actually used for centuries, dating back to 2400 B.C. Historians found evidence of people using it...

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Asbestos Products Produced Today in the United States

Asbestos is fire resistant, absorbs sound, strong, abundant, and cheap, so naturally it was a popular building material in the United States and throughout the world in the 20th century.  The thin, needle-like, almost invisible fibers of asbestos appear to be mild: no smell, no taste, and does not immediately irritate the eyes, nose, or throat.  However, it is now known that asbestos is a carcinogen, as these tiny fibers become embedded in the lining of lungs and tissue in the throat, causing mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and laryngeal cancer. In 1976 the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) went into effect,...

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New Risks of Asbestos – Crohn’s Disease and Kidney Cancer

We know that mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer can all be caused by asbestos exposure. The thin, almost invisible fibers that become airborne can become lodged in the lining of the lungs and the tissue causing cancerous tumors. With more asbestos related complications being discovered, it is apparent we do not know all the side effects associated with asbestos. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen has now shown possible links to other illnesses, such as Cohn’s Disease and Kidney Cancer; further proving the dangers of asbestos exposure. Earlier this year a study done by La Medicina  del lavoro...

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The Role of the EPA in Regulating Asbestos

Latest News The Role of the EPA in Regulating Asbestos September 2, 2016 The Role of the EPA in Regulating Asbestos The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the environment and the health of humans by regulating substances that could potentially be harmful to both.  Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used in many places:  our schools, our homes, the buildings we work in, and the products we buy. While asbestos is illegal to manufacture in the United States, it is not illegal to import and asbestos is still used in products and manufacturing today. However, asbestos...

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