Chrysotile Asbestos: EPA Submits Section 6(a) Rulemaking to OMB for An Honest Review
It all happened on December 16, 2021 when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) finally tend to submit a proposed rule falling under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the Office of Management Budget (OMB). The proposed bill under the said section happens to be about the control of chrysotile asbestos which comes under the list of toxic substances list banned by the government.
As per the agenda set for 2021, it's very necessary that the proposed section under 6(a) is implemented as it is very much needed to address all kind of unreasonable risks of chrysotile asbestos and related minerals that are bound to be the cause of serious life threatening medical ailments.
And so, the above rule is needed to be implemented. The dangerous effects of chrysotile asbestos are not unknown as they were identified in a risk evaluation report that was already completed under section 6(b).
After the report was out, EPA gauged the menace of chrysotile asbestos along with its risks, uncertainty of the mineral, severity of the hazard and other complications.
It was on January 4, 2021 when it was reported that EPA has found some unreasonable risks directly to human health due to the below mentioned hazards or risks of chrysotile asbestos:
Consumers and Bystanders: While gauging the risk and menace of chrysotile asbestos, EPA came to conclusion that there are so many unreasonable risks related to consumers and bystanders from all such consumer prone uses of chrysotile asbestos.
And due to such a severe impact of this mineral on human health, the government ensured agencies to discontinue most consumer products having the presence of chrysotile asbestos.
But on the other hand consumer products are found to be still available. These risks include in some products like automotive brakes/linings and certain type of gaskets that are still being used widely. Please note that the risk to consumers can directly come from the inhalation of chrysotile asbestos.
Workers and Occupational Non-Users (ONU): There are some other commercial risks associated to using chrysotile asbestos (as found by EPA in the investigation). There are some other consumer products having certain amounts of chrysotile asbestos like aftermarket automotive brakes/linings, brake blocks, sheet gaskets, chlor-alkali diaphragms and some other gaskets and vehicle friction products.
Due to such a life threatening risk of using chrysotile asbestos in above products, EPA found unreasonable risk to workers nearby but not those in direct contact with chrysotile asbestos as they generally employ making products like brake blocks, sheet gaskets, chlor-alkali diaphragms and other such sophisticated gadgets. It was finally come to the notice that risks to workers and ONU's can come directly from the inhalation of chrysotile asbestos.