Bloomberg Law
Aug. 23, 2018, 5:12 PM

Blue-Collar Workers ‘Invisible’ as EPA Critiques Chemicals

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

Electricians, firefighters, roofers, plumbers, homeowners, and school maintenance workers are among those whose contact with asbestos—and other hazardous chemicals—the EPA plans to ignore, according to physicians and public health officials.

When maintenance workers strip and wax an asbestos-tile floor, when electricians move a ceiling tile in a building with spray-applied asbestos fireproofing, and when technicians fix boilers in rooms with asbestos-containing insulation, they can be exposed to the deadly mineral, Celeste Monforton, a public health professional who lectures at Texas State University, told Bloomberg Environment.

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency has blindfolded itself to the health risks these ...

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