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The Role of the EPA

While the threat of asbestos is not something you may think about every day, the threat is very real. Asbestos can be found practically everywhere, from our buildings to our everyday products. We now know the true dangers of this substance, but many buildings and products were created before the 1980s that are still filled with asbestos.

The United States is committed to taking action against any dangers in our air, water, or land. To protect our environment from these types of dangers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established. This agency of the federal government employs engineers, scientists, and other environmental specialists to ensure that our country is kept safe from environmental threats. The EPA creates and enforces laws regarding the standards of asbestos use.

Recently, the EPA has been very busy protecting the quality of our air. Large-scale events, such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 or the numerous hurricanes that have struck the United States, have caused buildings to be destroyed, which releases asbestos fibers into the air. Any time a large-scale event such as this occurs, there is the danger of asbestos fibers being released into the air. Once released, these fibers can travel many miles in the air, affecting more people than just those at the initial site of the destruction.

The EPA is working on ways to better protect citizens from this type of asbestos exposure following a large-scale event. While the EPA can do little to control major weather systems, they can work to develop better ways to rid our country of this dangerous substance.

Asbestos exposure is a serious problem. If you’ve been negligently exposed to asbestos because of someone else’s actions, you have the right to file a lawsuit against that person or company to recover any damages that the exposure may cause you. Speak with a mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your legal rights.

A Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help

To learn more about your rights and to schedule an initial consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955.

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