I thought asbestos was banned!
On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States.
In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution of most asbestos-containing materials were overturned.
Only bans still in existence are on corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos.
Although most asbestos containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.
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