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EPA Announce Final Rule to Prohibit Use of Asbestos in United States

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on March 18 a final rule to prohibit the use of chrysotile asbestos in the United States. Although numerous types of asbestos exist, chrysotile is unique in that it is the only form imported into the country. Industries such as the chlori-alkali industry continue to utilize asbestos products, with imports of raw chrysotile as recent as 2022.  EPA’s ban is set to be the first rule finalized under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Passed in …

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In Pursuit of a Final Rule: EPA Requests Additional Comments on Chrysotile Asbestos

Chrysotile asbestos is the only known form of asbestos imported into the United States. It is found in a variety of products, such as sheet gaskets, brake blocks, and aftermarket brakes and linings. The chlor-alkali industry also uses raw asbestos for diaphragms to disinfect drinking water.

After completing its Final Risk Evaluation for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos in December 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban of ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos in April 2022 under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control …

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