The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put many rules and regulations in place to protect the public from toxic substances in the environment. Asbestos is just one of these substances. Declared as a hazard to human health in the 1970’s, asbestos exposure is proven to cause devastating diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Five laws have been put into place by the EPA to eliminate asbestos exposure:
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) – “This law required EPA to promulgate regulations (e.g., the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule) requiring local educational agencies to inspect their school buildings for asbestos-containing building material, prepare asbestos management plans and perform asbestos response actions to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.”
The Asbestos Information Act (AIA) – “This law helped to provide transparency and identify the companies making certain types of asbestos-containing products by requiring manufacturers to report production to the EPA.”
The Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA) – “This law extended funding for the asbestos abatement loan and grant program for schools.”
The Clean Air Act (CAA) – “This law defines the EPA’s responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation’s air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer and includes provisions for the EPA to set national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, including asbestos.”
Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) – “Under the SDWA, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.”
Despite the EPA’s laws and warnings, many companies today are still exposing their workers and other American citizens to asbestos fibers. Asbestos is often found in schools and other commercial buildings, making renovations and demolitions a huge problem if regulations are not followed.
The EPA has put these asbestos laws in place for a reason – asbestos is dangerous. Have you been exposed to asbestos in an illegal manner? Experienced asbestos attorneys are ready to help you fight for your rights through asbestos claims.