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ADAO Issues Statement in Opposition of the EPA's Decision to Dangerously Narrow the Scope of Asbestos Risk Evaluation

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President and CEO, Linda Reinstein, Details Why the "SNUR" is Not
Enough and the Need for an Asbestos Ban Remains Issued on August 10, 2018

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest
independent nonprofit asbestos victims' advocacy group in the United
States; today issued a statement from President and CEO Linda Reinstein
about the need for the EPA and Administration to fully acknowledge the
public risks associated with asbestos, and the continued need for a
permanent ban of the lethal mineral.

"The proposed Significant
New Use Rule
(SNUR) which EPA touts as a meaningful action on
asbestos is a poor substitute for a full risk evaluation and a permanent
ban. A SNUR is not an asbestos ban and will not protect Americans.

"In particular, it is outrageous that the EPA
has dangerously narrowed the scope of its asbestos risk evaluation

to exclude the ongoing use and disposal of legacy products and the Libby
Amphibole, and removed any consideration of the risks that these
products would present if they were reintroduced in commerce. This means
the EPA will be unable to use the risk evaluation to support a permanent
ban of all current and former products and will have no ability to
address the serious ongoing risks that installed legacy products pose to
the public.

"Americans are losing confidence in the EPA's ability to implement the
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) according to the law. It is
abundantly clear under Trump's administration that they have their eyes
shut tight as seen in the recent EPA FAQs about the SNUR. The EPA is
conveniently ignoring the laws and regulations that allow it to take
action to permanently ban all current and former users and to provide
protection from the ongoing risks of installed legacy products. In fact,
the EPA stated, ‘EPA cannot simply ban imports, regardless of their
source, for current uses unless its ongoing evaluation under the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) identifies unreasonable risk associated
with such importation.' However, EPA has ample means to conclude now, in
its ongoing risk evaluation, that these uses are unsafe and need to be
banned. EPA can also use the risk evaluation to address and then ban the
discontinued uses subject to the SNUR.

"EPA says that the SNUR, when final, ‘would
prevent imports, including from Russia and anywhere else, for the uses
in the rule.
' This is simply not true. The SNUR would only require
importers to notify EPA and, in itself, would ban nothing. EPA could
review the use associated with the imports and decide that it should not
be restricted.

"Absent from the EPA's list of ‘Potential Market Uses Prevented by the
SNUR' are consumer products like crayons, tweens makeup, renewed
asbestos mining in the US and more new uses that may be occurring.

"Each year, nearly 40,000 American die from asbestos-caused diseases,
while Chlor-Alkali
industry imports
and uses of hundreds of tons of raw asbestos
continue. It is deadly and ludicrous that the EPA is narrowing the scope
of the risk evaluation that will most likely lead to exemptions for the
big users and ignore the legacy products that the public is exposed to
every day. Americans can't identify asbestos in their homes, schools,
workplaces or the environment, nor can we manage the risk. It is time
for the EPA to do their job and ban asbestos without any loopholes or
exemptions."

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by
asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest
non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and
concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy,
and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and
protect asbestos victims' civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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