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New EPA proposal could lead to asbestos-related illness

The number of Ohioans and people across the U.S. who became ill because of asbestos has led to a widespread regulation of the substance. Whereas it was once used for a seemingly endless number of purposes in a wide swath of public and private industries, the dangers - mesothelioma, asbestosis, cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, to name a few - resulted in it only being present when it was either found in older buildings or discovered in items where it should not have been. While it was believed to be a problem that was slowly disappearing, a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency could make asbestos use rise again.

The "Significant New Use Rule" or SNUR will allow asbestos to be used for certain purposes and decided upon on a case-by-case basis. The ban on asbestos was attempted in 1989. With it, the use of asbestos and its inherent dangers was supposed to stop as manufacturers, importers, processers and distributors who had items with asbestos were to phase it out. The rule was overturned, but the EPA managed to ban asbestos in multiple products and stop it from being used after August 25, 1989.

Amendments from 2016 were meant to give the EPA greater authority to ban the substance. This was widely approved by the public. However, in June of this year, 14 categories were facing requirements as to how asbestos to be used. Should there be a desire to use it, the EPA is to be informed a minimum of 90 days prior to manufacturing or importing anything with asbestos as an ingredient making it possible that it will be used again and be a danger again. The EPA claims that this new rule does not necessarily mean that asbestos will be approved, but certain actions can be taken to regulate it.

Given the known dangers of asbestos and how it can make people ill with diseases and conditions for which there are no known and effective cures, it is important for people who believe they might have a health issue that is related to asbestos exposure to be cognizant of how regulatory agencies that are supposed to help the public are vacillating and changing rules to place people at risk again.

Families and individuals who have been impacted by asbestos-related illness should discuss a case with a law firm experienced in pursuing asbestos cases When a person is suffering from a suspected asbestos-related illness, investigating where it came from and how they were exposed is key. The medical expenses are significant when treating these issues and the prognosis for a recovery is poor..

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