U.S. EPA Passes April 2019 Final Rule on Asbestos
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s April 2019 final rule on asbestos ensures products containing asbestos previously taken off the market cannot return without employing strict reevaluations, restrictions, or prohibitions when necessary. The EPA’s actions protect public health and restrict asbestos exposure. These tightened regulations allow the EPA the opportunity to act under the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time in 30 years.
Under TSCA, Congress banned 5 uses of asbestos in 1989. The following are 19 new uses covered by the April 2019 final rule:
- Adhesives, sealants, roof and non-roof coatings
- Arc chutes
- Beater-add gaskets
- Cement products
- Extruded sealant tape and other tape
- Filler for acetylene cylinders
- Friction materials
- High-grade electrical paper
- Missile liner
- Pipeline wrap
- Reinforced plastics
- Roofing felt
- Separators in fuel cells and batteries
- Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
- Woven products
- Other building products
This final rule will go into effect on June 24, 2019, and will undoubtedly save the lives of millions. To learn more and read details of the EPA’s actions to address asbestos risks, click here.
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