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EPA Bans Last Type Of Asbestos Still In Use

Asbestos chrysotile fibers that cause lung disease, COPD, lung cancer, mesothelioma.

This dangerous substance remains a significant health risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has banned the last remaining uses of asbestos, a known carcinogen that has been linked to 40,000 deaths each year.

The rule applies to chrysotile asbestos, which is still used in car parts such as aftermarket automotive brakes, linings, and other vehicle friction products and gaskets. It's the only form of asbestos still being used or imported to the United States.

"With today's ban, EPA is finally slamming the door on a chemical so dangerous that it has been banned in over 50 countries," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan." This historic ban is more than 30 years in the making, and it's thanks to amendments that Congress made in 2016 to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act."

A substance with a long history of causing harm

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber widely used in various industries due to its heat resistance, durability, and insulating properties. It is commonly found in building materials such as insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, and cement, as well as automotive parts, textiles, and other products.

However, asbestos exposure significantly increases the risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, both serious and potentially fatal conditions. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can embed themselves in the lungs and surrounding tissues, leading to long-term health complications.

The EPA banned asbestos in 1989, but a 1991 court decision weakened its authority to address the risks to human health.

A 2016 law updated the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and authorized new rules for tens of thousands of toxic chemicals and substances.

Options for recovering financial compensation

Asbestos was once widely used in construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing, mining, oil refining and extraction, and automotive injuries. But its use steadily declined over the years.

Asbestos is especially dangerous because fibers can remain in the lungs and other tissue for decades after exposure. Lung cancer or mesothelioma may not develop until 10 to 40 years later.

Victims of asbestos exposure may be able to recover financial compensation through:

  • An Asbestos Trust Fund claim. Asbestos Trust Funds were set up by companies that used asbestos to provide compensation for victims exposed to it.
  • A civil injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Victims or eligible family members can file a lawsuit against the manufacturers, suppliers, or contractors responsible for the asbestos exposure.
  • Veterans' benefits. Victims exposed to asbestos while in the military may be eligible for VA benefits.

An experienced lung cancer attorney can help

Recovering financial compensation for an illness caused by asbestos exposure can be a complicated and lengthy process. That's why it's important to have an experienced lung cancer lawyer on your side.

At the Ferrell Law Group, we've been fighting for asbestos exposure victims for over 30 years. We conduct thorough investigations and gather evidence to build strong cases for compensation. We understand the impact that a diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma can have on victims and their families. Our attorneys are determined to help.

We know you have questions. And we think it's important for you to understand your rights if you have suffered an illness due to asbestos exposure. That's why we offer a free consultation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. One of our experienced attorneys is ready to meet with you to discuss your options.

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