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New Asbestos Bill Takes Big Step Forward in Congress

A bill sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray that would ban asbestos in commonly sold products took a giant leap forward recently, as it passed through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, by a 19-0 vote.  This news was reported in an article published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Relevant passages from the article appear below:

“I’m thrilled that the entire committee has sent a clear and loud message of support, giving us strong momentum heading to the Senate floor,” Murray said. “To the families who have been waiting for help, to the workers who need to be protected, I’d say we’re almost there.”

Among other things, Murray‘s bill calls for a complete ban of asbestos in products within two years after the measure becomes law. In a concession to Republicans, the bill would give the chlorine industry three years to phase out asbestos after new regulations are written by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The bill also would provide $50 million in federal money for research into the causes and treatment of asbestos-related cancers. And it would require the federal government to conduct a more aggressive campaign to educate the public about the risks of asbestos.”

If you have been exposed to asbestos, you need to take action.  Speak with an attorney that is familiar with this area of law.  Williams Kherkher has mesothelioma attorneys available for a free consultation.  Contact one by calling (866) 950-9000.

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