Is Asbestos Use Legal in the United States?

By | May 11, 2016 | Asbestos Products

Yes, asbestos is currently legal and used within products made in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency worked to ban different asbestos-containing products in the early 1970s, but in 1991, most of the bans were overturned with the help of asbestos industry supporters.


Banning of Asbestos

In 1989, the EPA announced that it was phase out and ban nearly all products containing asbestos. In 1991, the decision was overturned. This has resulted in the continued exposure of innocent individuals across the country, including veterans and blue-collar workers. According to the EPA, numerous products are still allowed to contain asbestos:

Examples of asbestos-containing products not banned

From the Environmental Protection Agency:

Cement corrugated sheet
Cement flat sheet
Pipeline wrap
Roofing felt
Vinyl floor tile
Cement shingle
Cement pipe
Automatic transmission components
Clutch facings
Friction materials
Disk brake pads
Drum brake linings
Brake blocks
Non-roofing coatings
Roof coatings

Asbestos Exposure

When these products and materials degrade or break down over time, asbestos exposure becomes a serious risk. If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with a related disease, you might be entitled to compensation for your condition from those responsible for your condition. Do not hesitate to reach out to a medical professional as well as an experienced asbestos attorney.

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