WASHINGTON – Asbestos imports to the U.S. soared by nearly 2,000 percent between July and August, according to federal import data analyzed by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Environmental Working Group.
Last week, the White House released its Fall 2018 deregulatory agenda, further indicating that Trump’s EPA, under acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, has no plans to implement a ban of asbestos.
The last asbestos mine in the U.S. closed in 2002, forcing the chlor-alkali industry and other users to rely on imports.
Last year, the U.S. imported more than 341 metric tons of asbestos, and 2018 imports are expected to double.
“It is clear that under the Trump administration, U.S. asbestos imports and use are not decreasing.
The time is now for the EPA to say no to the asbestos industry and finally ban asbestos without exemptions.”.
ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. »