On June 3, 2022, we sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works expressing strong support for the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022 (ARBAN). Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral that can be woven into fabrics and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials. Asbestos, which is unsafe even at very low concentrations, can be found in insulation, drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, cement, paint, and more, and can cause lung cancer mesothelioma, asbestosis, and a host of other cancerous and noncancerous diseases. Few, if any, pollutants regulated by EPA have been as pervasive in our environment and pose as grave a threat to human health. We urged the House and Senate to pass ARBAN as soon as possible.
Read the letter.