07/27/2010 // Washington, D.C., Maryland, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Washington, D.C. Mesothelioma Reporter
Recent published reports state the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be enforcing new plans to ban the use of asbestos within the next ten years.
Lin Chien-hui, director of the EPA’s Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management, said the phase out will be carried out in two stages.
Beginning July 1, 2015, new regulations will go into effect, ensuring asbestos is no longer used as a sealing material for construction jobs. On July 1, 2020, asbestos will be banned for all uses in tiles, linings and extruded cement panels.
This new initiative is one way U.S. lawmakers are using to lower the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, including malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer almost always developed by way of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma has no cure and patients do not often live more than two years after being diagnosed.
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