Asbestos Regulations and Laws: Keeping Up with the Latest Developments

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Asbestos is a highly dangerous substance that has been linked to several serious health conditions, including Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer in recent years, there have been significant developments in asbestos regulations and laws designed to protect the public from the dangers of asbestos exposure.

One of the most significant developments in asbestos regulations is the introduction of the EPA’s Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos. This rule requires companies that want to use asbestos in new products to seek approval from the EPA and provides the agency with greater oversight and enforcement authority over the use of asbestos. This is a notable step forward in protecting public health and preventing unnecessary asbestos exposure.

Another important development in asbestos regulations is the ongoing efforts to ban asbestos completely. In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, which would ban the manufacture, import, export, and processing of asbestos in the United States. While this bill has yet to pass the Senate, it is an important step forward in the fight against asbestos.

In addition to these regulatory efforts, there have also been significant developments in asbestos litigation. In recent years, juries have awarded billions of dollars in damages to victims of asbestos exposure, and there have been several high-profile cases against companies that knowingly exposed their workers to asbestos. Recently, Johnson & Johnson has been in the spotlight for their asbestos-contaminated talcum powder. These cases send a powerful message that companies will be held accountable for their actions and that victims of asbestos exposure will receive justice and compensation for their suffering.

If you or a loved one has been wrongfully exposed to asbestos and now suffers from an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, help starts here. Call our office today or fill out a free case evaluation.