Saturday, August 11, 2018

COMMENTS CLOSE on EPA’s insane proposal to allow reintroduction of asbestos into American products

UPDATE: Comments closed on August 10th. Sorry I didn't hear about this until today.

EPA’s insane proposal to allow reintroduction of asbestos into American products...

This Proposed Rule document was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

For related information, Open Docket Folder

Proposed rule summary:

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos as defined under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The proposed significant new use of asbestos (including as part of an article) is manufacturing (including importing) or processing for certain uses identified by EPA as no longer ongoing. The Agency has found no information indicating that the following uses are ongoing, and therefore, the following uses are subject to this proposed SNUR: Adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater-add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high-grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement). Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any manufacturing (including importing) or processing of asbestos (including as part of an article) for a significant new use. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the conditions of use associated with the intended use within the applicable review period. Manufacturing (including importing) and processing (including as part of an article) for the significant new use may not commence until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and taken such actions as are required in association with that determination.

Sample comment:
I am writing to vehemently oppose allowing any amount of asbestos to be introduced back into American products. There is abundant scientific evidence over decades of study showing that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe, causing lung damage and lethal cancers such as mesothelioma. There is a reason why strict regulations still exist for its detection, containment, and removal. Thus, allowing any use of asbestos amounts to deliberate harm to the American people. There can be no rationale justifying its use.

More information:

SNOPES: Is the EPA Allowing for the Approval of New Asbestos-Containing Products?


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