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EPA Proposes Asbestos Limits, Releases Risk Plans for 10 Chemicals

June 1, 2018, 2:15 PM

Products such as adhesives, pipeline wrap, and other goods that contain asbestos can only be manufactured or imported if they get EPA approval, the agency said in proposed rule released June 1.

The proposal (No. RIN 2070-AK45) wouldn’t affect the ongoing use of asbestos by companies including Olin Corp., OxyChem Corp., and the Westlake Chemical Corp., that use the mineral in the manufacture of caustic soda, chlorine, and hydrogen gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating the risks of that particular use in a broader assessment of asbestos, which is known ...

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