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Why is Asbestos Still Legal in the US?

You probably are aware of the dangers asbestos poses. By now we’ve all seen the TV commercials for lawyers seeking to represent victims who have developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, most people still don’t realize that this highly dangerous substance has yet to be banned in the United States.

It is still legal to import asbestos, and it can still be used in common applications like drywall mud, floor tile, floor glue, and various types of insulation. Even today, various industries continue to find uses for this potential hazard because it is fire retardant and super strong.

Check out our Quick Guide to Asbestos video for more of the basic facts you need to know:

Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, chronic respiratory conditions and mesothelioma. In the 1970s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, were created to put a limit to asbestos and some other common toxic pollutants.

In 1973, asbestos products were banned from being used for certain applications. Then there was the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule that was introduced by the EPA in 1989. This would have banned the substance completely, but, in 1991, the ban was challenged and overturned by a landmark lawsuit known as Corrosion Proof Fittings v. The EPA. The case did result to tougher regulations on asbestos, but it didn’t call for a total ban.

Today, the asbestos-containing products that are banned include:

  • Specialty paper
  • Commercial paper
  • Corrugated paper
  • Rollboard
  • Flooring felt
  • Any new uses of asbestos

The halting of use of asbestos in new products and applications helped to limit production. However, there are still asbestos-containing products out there on the market that still can cause harm.

You cannot identify asbestos simply by looking at it. To find out whether insulation, floor glue, or other materials around your property contain a threat, you need to have it tested by a certified lab.

If you are planning a renovation, or if you have experienced a fire or flood, it is especially important to find out for sure that your property is free of this hazardous substance. To learn more about our Denver asbestos removal services, call Asbestos Abatement today at (303) 794-4450.

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