Asbestos is the cause of several diseases including the incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and the rare but deadly form of cancer mesothelioma. Researchers have known for decades that exposure to asbestos is dangerous, yet the mineral is still being used in the United States in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials.
In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a partial ban on the manufacture, import, processing and distribution of some asbestos-containing products, and banned new uses of the mineral. But in April 2019, the EPA under the Trump administration said it would consider new uses of asbestos on a case-by-case basis.
This year, the nation enters the 30th anniversary since the EPA tried to ban asbestos. Since then, more than a million Americans have died, according to advocacy group the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). To mark the occasion, the organization has released its latest video, a poignant summary of the “ban asbestos” movement at present day. The video showcases the testimony of experts, important and irrefutable facts, and the historical context that led the country to its current crisis.
“We hope to communicate one message loudly and clearly: the United States needs the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act without exemptions or loopholes,” the organization’s president, Linda Reinstein, said. “The act seeks to halt all imports of cancer-causing asbestos, assess and examine all present-day exposure threats, and – most importantly – leave no loopholes for continued use.”
Last month, 18 attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership in support of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act.
Beasley Allen lawyer Sharon Zinns leads the firm’s mesothelioma litigation team. She is investigating claims involving mesothelioma and lung cancer resulting from asbestos exposure.