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Asbestos Bill Wins Bipartisan Approval in Energy and Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Bicameral Bill to Ban Asbestos Importation and Use Advances to House Floor

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U. S. House of Representatives, for its bipartisan vote to approve the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN). The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives for passage and then to the Senate for its consideration.

“This comprehensive bill will protect workers, consumers, and children from being exposed to the deadly threat of asbestos and stop hundreds of tons of asbestos from entering the United States,” said Linda Reinstein, President of ADAO and widow to the bill's namesake. “It is past time for the U.S. to join the nearly 70 countries that have banned asbestos to protect public health and future generations from this known carcinogen.”

“ARBAN heads to the House floor with bipartisan support and we look forward to its swift passage. We anticipate strong support in the Senate,” Reinstein shared.

H.R. 1603 would accomplish several critical public health objectives:

  1. It would ban importation and use of asbestos, and asbestos containing products within one year of enactment.
  2. Chlor-alkali plants using asbestos diaphragms would need to eliminate the use of asbestos and convert to non-asbestos technology following a transition period.
  3. The bill would establish a new Right-to-Know program to require current importers, processors and distributors to report and disclose to the public how much asbestos is in U.S. commerce, where and how it is used, and who is exposed.
  4. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) would conduct a comprehensive study of risks presented by “legacy” asbestos used in building construction decades ago but still present in millions of residences, businesses, factories, public buildings, and schools.
  5. The presence of asbestos contaminants in consumer products and construction materials would be stringently controlled.
  6. The hazardous Libby Amphibole form of asbestos, found in attic insulation in millions of homes, would be covered by the ban.

Each year, nearly forty-thousand Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases, including mesothelioma, and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovaries.

ADAO sincerely thanks Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Ranking Member John Shimkus (R-IL); along with Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and many others, for their hard work and commitment to advance ARBAN on a bipartisan basis.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a global leader in combining education, advocacy, and community initiatives to prevent and end asbestos exposure. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims' civil rights. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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