|Are you familiar with asbestos? Asbestos is a dangerous, cancer-causing mineral that has been extensively used in various construction materials and industrial applications in the United States for over a century. When material containing asbestos is disturbed, tiny hazardous fibers are released into the air and may cause lung cancer and other illnesses.
We’ve known for generations that asbestos is lethal, yet some industries’ profits have been valued over the lives of firefighters, construction workers, and other Americans exposed to this toxic substance. Other developed nations have already acted to protect their citizens from this deadly substance by banning asbestos. Why has America not done the same?
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and I know it’s long past time for America to end this dangerous public health threat once and for all. That’s why we teamed up to introduce the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022, a bill that will prohibit the manufacture, processing, use, and distribution of commercial asbestos. This bill will ban the importation and use of all six of the recognized asbestos fibers, expanding on the EPA’s recent proposal which will only ban one.
Too many Americans have sat at the bedside watching helplessly as their loved ones die from cancer caused by asbestos. This is totally avoidable if America just bans it. We have an easy solution to a heartbreaking and preventable problem. It’s time to get this done and ban asbestos once and for all. All my best,