Since asbestos has been discovered to be hazardous to the public’s health, lawmakers have been torn over whether to ban or simply regulate its use. Over the decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued rulings over asbestos, but attempts to ban the hazardous material have been continuously rejected. However, a recent bill known as the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act aims to finalize a ban against the harmful substance. [Read more…] about What is the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act?
While many facilities are hurting due to the closures resulting from COVID-19, some took advantage of this downtime. Namely, school districts have been using this extended vacancy to overhaul a vitally important and long overdue service: asbestos abatement. To this day, asbestos is still a problem in many schools across the country, and districts are acting to better protect students. While the virus is a danger in and of itself, the COVID-19 closures are facilitating asbestos abatement in schools to increase the safety of school children. [Read more…] about How COVID-19 Closures are Facilitating Asbestos Abatement in Schools
The Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) peer review meeting regarding persistent asbestos risks scheduled for April 27 to 30 has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the meeting was to be virtual, the absence of key members and the importance of the discussion forced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to put the meeting on indefinite hold. Despite the EPA’s delay of the asbestos review, it serves as a good reminder of the threat of asbestos exposure we still face in this country today. [Read more…] about EPA Delays Asbestos Review Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Malignant mesothelioma is a challenging diagnosis as is. Unfortunately, with the rise and spread of COVID-19, people with mesothelioma need to be extra cautious due to their compromised health and immune systems. For those affected by this asbestos-related cancer, it’s vital to understand COVID-19’s effect on mesothelioma patients so that safety measures can be properly enacted. [Read more…] about COVID-19’s Effect on Mesothelioma Patients