EPN Submits Comments on EPA’s Draft Risk Evaluation of Asbestos

On May 4, 2020, EPN submitted comments in response to EPA’s draft risk evaluation of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). A peer review meeting of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals was also announced for April 27-30, prior to the June 2nd comment deadline, but was postponed until June 8-11. Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral used in fire-resistant materials that causes cancer and other serious health problems. It is unsafe even at very low concentrations. Risk evaluations are conducted to determine whether a chemical substance like asbestos presents unreasonable risks to health or the environment. EPN has concluded that it is time for EPA to propose a ban of asbestos for all new commercial and consumer uses in the U.S. 

Read a summary.

Read the comments.

EPN also participated in a teleconference hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to provide an additional forum for experts to discuss their concerns. 

Read the presentation on behalf of EPN written by Penny Fenner-Crisp, former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.

Read the individual presentation of EPN member Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and ADAO counsel.