Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Cosponsor the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act
Endorsements: American Public Health Association (APHA), Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), City of Libby, MT, Environmental Information Association (EIA), Environmental Working Group (EWG), Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN), Less Cancer, Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF)
Original Cosponsors: McCollum, Schakowsky, Tonko
Please join me in protecting communities by becoming an original cosponsor of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act.
Each year, as many as 15,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases, and 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a fiber that has been used as insulation and fireproofing material in homes, commercial
buildings, and common products such as paint and construction materials. In 2016, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act, which required the Environmental Protection Agency to undertake a safety assessment of asbestos. TSCA does not require the EPA
to ban asbestos.
The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, named for a husband and father who lost his life after a four-year battle with the disease, amends TSCA as follows:
- Requires the EPA to identify and assess known uses of, and exposures to all forms of asbestos;
- Requires, within 18 months of enactment, the EPA to impose restrictions on the use of asbestos necessary to eliminate human or environment exposure to all forms of asbestos; and
- Within one year, disallow the manufacturing, processing, use, or distribution of commercial asbestos other than described in EPA’s rule.
I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act. For questions or to sign on, please contact Allison Smith (Allison.Smith@mail.house.gov).
Member of Congress
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