US EPA Strengthens Regulation of Asbestos to Close Loophole and Protect Consumers



WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a broad new rule that strengthens the agency’s ability to rigorously review an expansive list of asbestos  products that are no longer on the market before they could be sold again in the United States. This important step closes a 30-year-old loophole that allowed old asbestos uses and products to come back to the market without any reviews or restrictions from EPA. Today’s action gives EPA the authority to prohibit the use of certain products or put in place restrictions to protect public health. This action does not alter the prohibitions made in a 1989 partial ban.

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