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Asbestos Restrictions Needed to Protect Workers, EPA Concludes

Dec. 30, 2020, 9:36 PM

Asbestos regulations will be developed to protect certain car mechanics, oil drillers, and other workers from cancer they might get from working with or near the mineral, the EPA said Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday published its final risk evaluation for cancer-causing chrysotile asbestos, concluding that 16 of 32 uses of the material pose unreasonable risks to human health, including workers and consumers.

Chrysotile asbestos uses that pose an unreasonable risk include use in diaphragms used in the chlor-alkali industry, sheet gaskets, brake locks used in the oil industry, aftermarket auto brakes and linings, vehicle friction products and ...