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Is Asbestos Back?
Did you notice a trend in discussions around asbestos on social media last month? It was for good reason.
On July 31, 2018, Fast Company exposed the Environmental
Protection Act’s (EPA) notice released June 11, 2018, that proposed
a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos and asbestos-con-taining goods.
Significant new use rules look at ways in which a material is currently not in use, as identified by the EPA.
While it’s generally believed that asbestos is banned in the
United States, only specific uses were outlawed in the 1970s,
including spray-on asbestos for insulation and/or fireproofing in
buildings, but many uses are still legal.
However, of those banned uses, the SNUR will open the door for
reuse on a case-by-case basis. Those wishing to use asbestos in
previously banned ways may now reapply for its use. Uses identified in the new rule include:
• Roof and non-roof coatings
• Arc chutes
• Beater-add gaskets
• Extruded sealant tape and other tape
• Filler for acetylene cylinders
• High-grade electrical paper
• Missile liner
• Pipeline wrap
• Reinforced plastics
• Roofing felt
• Separators in fuel cells and batteries
• Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
• And any other building materials besides concrete.
Asbestos has been linked to cancer, including lung cancer and
mesothelioma—an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the thin
membrane that protects vital organs in the chest and abdomen.
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported
2,400-2,800 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in the
United States each year. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.
For more information on the SNUR and asbestos usage in the
United States, check out interiorsandsources.com.