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EPA NAMES ASBESTOS AS ONE OF THE FIRST CHEMICALS FOR REVIEW UNDER THE NEW TSCA LEGISLATION!!

On November 29, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the list of the first ten chemicals/toxic substances to be evaluated under the new Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) legislation.  This new legislation was amended by the Frank R. Lautenber Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century which was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016.

This amendment to TSCA has a number of significant requirements.  One of those requirements is that EPA was to release a list of chemicals to be evaluated or re-evaluated (if there is existing regulations for that particular chemical) no later than December 19, 2016.  The risk evaluation process begins immediately and within six months the EPA must release a document for each chemical/toxic substance listing the hazards, the exposures, the conditions of use and the potential exposed population.  The risk evaluation process must be completed within three years and if there is a determination that the chemical/toxic substance poses an unreasonable risk, the EPA must mitigate/regulate the risk within two years.

The selection of Asbestos as one of the first ten chemicals to be evaluated means that for the first time since the release of AHERA in 1987 and NESHAP in 1990, there will be significant review and potential new rulemaking.

For more information, please see the links below:

EPA Press Release



ASBESTOS DISEASE AWARENESS ORGANIZATION

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is an organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims. ADAO's goals are to: serve as the united voice for all asbestos victims; unite asbestos victims; educate the public and medical community about asbestos related diseases; support research that leads to early detection, prevention and a cure; ensure equitable compensation for victims and their families and to ban the use of asbestos.

ADAO successes are many including: Support of the United States Senate which unanimously passed S. Res. 108 declaring the first week of April 2007 as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Part of S. Res. 108 is to urge the Surgeon General to warn and educate Americans that asbestos exposure may be hazardous to their health and the 3rd Annual National Asbestos Awareness Conference held at Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Another tremendous success was the November 2007 asbestos study in which ADAO tested and found asbestos to be in common household products, such as spackling compound, window glazing and in a best selling children’s toy ("CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit"). These products were analyzed by both PLM and TEM analysis and in most instances, were found to contain asbestos by the TEM method. In addition, none of these items werer labeled to contain asbestos.

To continue the efforts of this non-profit grass root organization, we need your help. Our fight for asbestos disease awareness and fair and balanced legislation needs YOU - yes all of you. Volunteer today.

ADAO is offering Blue "Asbestos Awareness" wristbands to make people aware that asbestos use in the United States is still not banned and to raise the level of awareness of asbestos dangers.

These unique wristbands are now available at The Safety and Health Training Center's location in Buffalo. So stop by and get yours to support ADAO today.

Another way to support ADAO is to go to Goodsearch and type in ADAO in the "Who do you support?" box and everytime the search engine is used, it donates a penny to ADAO's efforts.

ADAO is offering updates and enewsletters concerning Asbestos and new information. Please use the link below to register for important breaking news and information.

To promote the dissemination of information regarding asbestos use and the diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, Ray Turpin, has joined ADAO as their New York State Representative.


IMPORTANT LINKS

White Lung Association

Empire Building Diagnostics, Inc.

Environmental Working Group

Robotic Security Systems

Asbestos and Libby Health

Mesothelioma Treatment Centers

Watts Engineers and Architects

Arric Corporation

AFI Environmental

Triad Synergy Safety Supplies