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Pallone on EPA’s New Rule Regulating Asbestos

Apr 17, 2019
Press Release
Today’s Rule is a Betrayal of the Commitment Administrator Wheeler Made to Ban Asbestos

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its new rule regulating the use of asbestos:

“Just last week, Administrator Wheeler sat before my committee and committed to an outright ban of ongoing uses of asbestos. Today’s rule is a complete betrayal of that commitment. It does nothing to restrict ongoing uses of asbestos; instead it provides a pathway to market for uses that had previously been phased out, such as in floor tiles and insulation.

“Exposure to asbestos kills nearly 40,000 Americans every single year. The EPA should be protecting Americans from this toxic substance, not inviting manufacturers to revive its use in our homes. Today’s action is shamefully inadequate, runs counter to the commitment Administrator Wheeler made to me last week, and only strengthens my resolve to pass a legislative solution.”