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EPA’s Asbestos Exposure Estimates May Be Too Low: Advisers (1)

April 7, 2020, 7:53 PM; Updated: April 7, 2020, 9:20 PM

The EPA’s draft analysis of asbestos risks may have lowballed the exposure to the cancer-causing mineral faced by workers and consumers, the agency’s chemical science advisers discussed on Tuesday.

Members of the agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals reached no conclusions on the issue. Instead, they teed up questions they will delve into during an April 27-30 virtual meeting to critique the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft risk evaluation for asbestos.

That evaluation examines six ways some industries—primarily auto repair shops and certain chemical manufacturers—still use asbestos and asbestos-containing products. It also looks at how consumers may be exposed to the...

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