EPA's Scope of the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Document Reveals Strong Industry Influence, Excludes Major Points … – Business Wire (press release)

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
 (ADAO), the largest
independent nonprofit asbestos victims’ advocacy group in the United
States, released a statement from Co-Founder and President Linda
Reinstein in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
“Scope of the Risk Evaluation for Asbestos” document.

“We recognize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for meeting
the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
statutory deadline for releasing the asbestos risk evaluation scoping
document; but, we have grave concerns.

“The document’s focus on de minimis exposure is a non-starter.
There is consensus among the World Health Organization, International
Agency on Cancer Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH), and other scientific bodies — including the EPA —
that asbestos is a carcinogen for which there is no safe level of
asbestos exposure.

“The scope defined in this document also fails to address the exposure
risk during transport and processing at the shipyards where raw asbestos
imports are accepted and handled.

“The chlor-alkali industry is working overtime to secure another
exemption to allow the continued importation and use of asbestos. In
January 2017, the EPA met with twelve American Chemistry Council (ACC)
and chlor-alkali industry representatives. According to the EPA, there
are three companies, Axiall Corporation, Olin Corporation, and
Occidental Chemical, who own a total of 15 chlor-alkali plants that
continue to use chrysotile-containing semipermeable diaphragms onsite.
It is incredulous that the chlor-alkali industry continues to peddle
their ‘safe use’ propaganda to the EPA, the public, and their
shareholders.

“Hundreds of organizations have worked for years to reform the 1976
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) which failed to ban asbestos or
regulate thousands of toxic chemicals. ADAO holds the EPA responsible
for using the weight of evidence to evaluate and finally ban
asbestos–without an exemption for the chlor-alkali industry. Asbestos
continues to take more than 15,000 American lives each year and hundreds
of thousands around the world. Enough is enough.”

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a global leader in
combining education, advocacy, and community initiatives to prevent and
end asbestos exposure. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the
dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos
victims’ civil rights. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization, does not make legal referrals. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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