Asbestos abatement workers

Why Asbestos is Still in Use: A Political History of Asbestos in the US

Asbestos is a deadly material that the United States continues to allow despite safe alternatives being widely available. This exposes Americans to a completely unnecessary health risk. There are many laws and regulations surrounding asbestos that have been designed to limit potential health risks, but they are not strong enough protections. Political language surrounding asbestos implies that it has been “banned,” but the reality is that many exceptions exist and are still used today despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing no level of exposure is safe.

Unfortunately evidence and facts are not enough to change the systems that currently allow asbestos production and use.

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