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Toxic Substances Control Act May Mean the End of Asbestos in the United States

mesothelioma lawsuitA bill that has been widely supported by the asbestos-victim community was finally passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, and it is expected that it will soon get the same treatment in the Senate. President Obama has already confirmed that he will sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk. Once this happens, advocates hope that it will signal the end of the stranglehold that asbestos companies and other toxic industries have over the American people and their health. The bill is called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and it is a reform of a forty-year old law that has proven insufficient in the face of powerful asbestos and chemical industry forces.

According to the Environmental Working Group, over the past few years the new bill has faced vigorous pushback from chemical companies, including DuPont, BASF, 3M, Koch Industries, and Honeywell. Over $245 million has purportedly been spent on lobbyists urging lawmakers against supporting the bill, and for good reason – the new law eliminates many of the chemical industries’ abilities to block bans of toxic substances. Under the new legislation, the EPA Administrator will be evaluating ten chemical substances based on priorities established to pursue those that are “persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.” Asbestos – with its long history of negligence, abuse, and harm – will be at the top of the list once the bill is law, and regulation will be based on scientific findings without regard to financial concerns. The law specifically states that regulation will be imposed on substances that “present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment,” “without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors.”

Many Americans are under the mistaken impression that asbestos has been a banned substance in the United States for decades, but the truth is that the powerful asbestos lobby has prevented that from happening for years. With passage of this bill, there is a real possibility that this toxic substance that has caused so much pain and suffering could finally be regulated in a way that is meaningful and that protects citizens from the risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. For those who have already been exposed due to negligence on the part of asbestos companies, there is relief available from the American justice system. Contact the compassionate attorneys at Danziger & De Llano today to learn more about what compensation may be available to you as a victim of asbestos company greed.

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