The United States House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill that would begin to address the country’s PFAS crisis, H.R. 2467. The PFAS Action Act of 2021 will restrict PFAS air and water pollution and help to jumpstart cleanup at polluted sites across the country.
Environmental Protection Agency
Today’s publication of a peer-reviewed study—Fatalities from methylene chloride exposure in the United States, 1980-2018: A comprehensive case series and policy implications—adds to the strong case for EPA to fully ban the use of paint strippers containing methylene chloride from use in the United States.
Asbestos is one of the most studied and dangerous toxic substances in the world. Hundreds of tons of raw asbestos are imported into the U.S. each year. Most of it is used in the chlor-alkali industry to make chlorine, but asbestos has been found in children’s crayons, talc, automobile brakes, makeup, and other products.
Asbestos is still found in older homes, schools, and other buildings across the country. This leads to significant ongoing exposure and risk to workers and the rest of us. There are tens of thousands of deaths from asbestos-related illnesses in the U.S. each year.