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September 4, 2018

EPA Releases Proposed New Rules for TSCA Asbestos Review

By Partner ESI

OPENS POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW FUTURE USES

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs naturally in rock and soil.  It is a strong and fireproof silicate-mineral fiber that can become brittle (‘friable’) with age and, as a result, pollutes air and water. Extremely fine particles can become airborne and pose a threat to human health and safety. Serious illnesses such as ‘asbestosis’ and mesothelioma are examples of the types of illnesses caused by this known carcinogen. Asbestos is found in many building materials, such as acoustic ceiling tiles, insulation, patching compounds, roofing shingles, texture paints, glues, mastics, and vinyl flooring.

To read the full GlobeSt blog about proposed EPA changes for asbestos use in building materials and what it could mean for building owners, click here.

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