President Biden’s administration is working with Congress to finally ban asbestos. However, they may face pushback in the form of “legal questions, political fights, funding shortfalls and other bureaucratic delays.”
Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act in 2016, but the EPA has yet ban the toxic substance.
Asbestos was one of the driving forces of the 2016 act, with decades of scientific research confirming its deadly nature. Asbestos fibers can stick to skin and clothing and be inhaled or ingested causing mesothelioma to those originally exposed and their families.
Chrysotile asbestos, which the EPA proposal would ban, is currently used in chlorine manufacturing.
Lawmakers touted the 2016 law as a groundbreaking compromise. The EPA first tried to block most uses of asbestos in 1989, but federal courts overturned that decision under an industry challenge.
The EPA now expects the rule on chrysotile asbestos in the fall. They expect a rule on other types of asbestos probably no earlier than 2025.