When today’s advocates take issue with government actions against controlling asbestos in the United States, they do so because they want to protect future generations from the tragedy of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases that impacted previous generations of Americans. The veterans of America’s military represent an outsized percentage of those afflicted by these illnesses. Those men and women were impacted by exposure to asbestos-contaminated materials without having any knowledge of the dangers that they faced. Today people are aware that asbestos is a danger, but the EPA is fighting against efforts to have the material banned. A group of environmental safety and health advocates have come together to counter their efforts, and have filed a federal lawsuit to force the agency to more robustly investigate the use of the material in the United States.
The only way to stop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases in the United States is to eliminate all of the mineral that is already in place and prevent more asbestos from coming into and being used in the United States. Asbestos is one of ten chemicals that the EPA named as requiring investigation to determine its level of safety, but recent decisions by the agency seem to be limiting their ability to collect data on the asbestos coming into the United States. In the face of a recent decision by the agency to permit exemptions to asbestos reporting rules, advocacy groups including the Environmental Working Group and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization are filing a lawsuit to compel the agency to drop an existing exemption and to extend the deadline for information collection.
In their complaint, the group argues that asbestos causes mesothelioma and numerous other illnesses, and says, “There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.” They also sent a letter regarding the EPA’s recent decision not to make the changes requested that said in part, “EPA has greatly overstated its knowledge of asbestos use and exposure in the United States.”
Anybody who has a loved one that has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or who is at risk for an asbestos-related disease will be watching this case very closely, hoping that the EPA takes more aggressive action to protect the American public from further asbestos tragedy. If you are a veteran who has been impacted by this dangerous mineral and you need assistance, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.