EPA to Ban Chrysotile Asbestos Under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):  Looking at the rising number of asbestos cases in the US, the EPA has taken an action. 


As per an update, EPA will ban a number of asbestos containing products in the US under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 6(a).

This will be implemented via a proposed rule which was published in the Federal register on April 12, 2022.

As per the new proposed rule by the ESA, the manufacture including any type of distribution processing and other commercial use of chrysotile asbestos will be banned.

The various products containing chrysotile asbestos like sheet gaskets, diaphragms and other similar products that are used extensively in the use mainly have the presence of chrysotile asbestos

Other products that are made by using chrysotile asbestos include brake blocks for oil industry, aftermarket automotive having the presence of chrysotile asbestos-containing brakes/linings, along with any other chrysotile asbestos-containing product and gaskets.

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EPA to Ban Chrysotile Asbestos Under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 

As you see, this is not the first time that an organization like EPA has banned products containing chrysotile asbestos. It banned these products containing chrysotile asbestos previously as well. 

For example, it was in the year 1989 when EPA not only banned chrysotile asbestos products but also had issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacturer to import, process and distribute any type of asbestos containing product after 10 years of rulemaking proceedings.

This was done primarily to stop the menace of asbestos related conditions like mesothelioma and others. The sole aim of EPA was to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure to the workers who have to work in the asbestos prone regions.

The ban has been initiated under the TSCA section 19(a) and appealed directly to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

As per the TSCA section 6(a), it's required for all the manufacturers to reduce the risk of asbestos if it has to be determined by a risk evaluation process that such a chemical substance rightly poses the risk of human health and well being.

The entire risk analysis is based on to look at the chemical substance, especially if it poses a risk after its exposure. Such a risk evaluation, pursuant to TSCA section 6(b)(4)(A), was issued in December 2020 for chrysotile asbestos whereby EPA determined chrysotile asbestos presents unreasonable risk of injury to health under certain conditions of use evaluated, thus leading to the currently proposed rule.

As per the latest report, the deadline for the comments to the proposed rule will be June 13, 2022. Also, the rule says that the proposed disposal will take place after a gap of 180 days when the final date of the proposed rule has been passed.

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