Asbestos Use Today: information from a reader


Asbestos is still imported and used in the U.S. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. imported and used an estimated 1,820 tons of asbestos in 2007; see this PDF file from the USGS, please click only if you want to download the PDF. Also, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill H.R. 6903 The Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act to ban the future importation and use of asbestos (it is already banned in 40 countries) and provide funding for medical research into effective treatments for asbestos-related diseases. Also, around the 2007 Christmas season, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization had some household products, such as duct tape, and toys tested and found they contained asbestos. See Ban Asbestos.

Thanks to the reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, for this information.

JKB

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  1. Very concerning to read that asbestos is still being used and especially alarming to read that toys are being made with this deadly substance. As one post stated, it should be a no-brainer not to use ANY asbestos in toys or any other products that humans come in contact with. Very scary stuff! Thanks for sharing this very important information. The word needs to get out there for all to read.

  2. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Asbestos should be banned from a working environment in order to keep the health and security of human beings. Corporate companies take little care of Workers safety thus leading to increased causes of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases

  4. I am very surprised to read that asbestos is not completely banned in the U.S. It’s been in the news in Canada this week as well. The Journal of the Canadian Medical Association is finally speaking up against the Canadian government for continuing to allow the mining and export of asbestos in Canada. Asbestos is banned from use in Canada but we’re allowed to mine it and send it to developing countries who also have much lower health and safety regulations for workers producing products containing asbestos. How hypocritical.

    Here’s the CBC article about it that appeared yesterday:

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/20/asbestos-editorial.html#socialcomments

  5. Kristin, thanks for that additional information and link.

    US anti-smoking policies don’t stop us from exporting tobacco all over the world, so the sort of hypocrisy you refer to is not unusual, unfortunately (not that smoking is completely banned in the US by any means, but it is banned from many or all public places in many states).

    The fact that Canada is able to ban asbestos certainly seems to offer a good counter-argument for those who want to claim that asbestos is too valuable to ban. Of course, asbestos does have some very useful properties, especially for applications involving high heat. Asbestos just happens to kill people, too, making it unacceptable for use in an informed society, in my opinion.

  6. This is very disturbing. thanks for letting people know this.

  7. I really don’t know about US mineral source, but your info are useful for me. Thanks

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  9. Thanks for the feedback, Chemistry!

    Sun, I’ll check out your site. Thanks for the interest. Jim

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