Legislation that promises to ban the import and export of asbestos was unanimously passed by the Senate after fighting its way through Congress for 6 years.
If the bill is passed in the House and does not get vetoed by President George W Bush, the
Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash. was the relentless pursuer of the bill’s passage. After the vote, she said “This is a historic day in the fight to protect Americans.” Sen. Barbara Boxer D-Calif echoed, “This bill is long overdue.” In addition to banning the manufacture, processing, importation, and distribution of asbestos containing products, which will be enforced by the EPA, the Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 (S.742) calls for the creation of a $50 million asbestos-related disease research and treatment network. It also calls for a public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers posed by asbestos-containing products.In addition, the legislation would:
– Amend the Toxic Substances Control Act
– Establish a national mesothelioma registry within 1 year that is set up by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).To learn more, please contact the Mesothelioma Lawyers at Williams Kherkher by calling 1.800.220.9341.