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2008 Asbestos Statistics

For a long time, people have known that asbestos is dangerous to human health and well-being. From ancient civilizations from thousands of years ago to the United States Environmental Protection Agency of today, it has been clear that exposure to asbestos causes serious problems among humans.

Asbestos, however, is still around in the United States. The only type of asbestos used in the U.S. is chrysotile. Many buildings before 1980 use asbestos widely, and asbestos is a useful chemical. As a result, asbestos continues to be used. Because U.S. ended asbestos mining in 2002, it imports all of its asbestos. 84 percent of imported asbestos is used for roofing products, while the other 16 percent is put to other uses. More notably, in 2003-2006, 86 percent of that asbestos came from Canada alone.

Additionally, U.S trade and consumption of asbestos has decreased. In 2007, the U.S. exported 1,089 tons of asbestos compared to 3,410 tons in 2006. Moreover, U.S. imports and domestic use also decreased from 2,230 tons in 2006 to 1,820 tons in 2007.

It is important for people to note that asbestos is still around in the United States. Though it is not being produced here, it is still being used. Moreover, new areas of dangerously high asbestos concentration are still being discovered.

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People are still being negatively affected by mesothelioma and asbestos. If you have suffered from asbestos exposure, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart. Give them a call at 1-800-781-3955.

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