Asbestos takes the lives of 40,000 Americans each year. There are no known safe levels of exposure to this deadly substance. While many Americans may assume that our government has already taken sufficient action to protect us from asbestos, they have not. In fact, asbestos is one of the biggest examples of how the federal government has failed to protect us from toxic chemicals.
You may have already heard that the Trump administration is taking actions behind the scenes to weaken an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to protect us from PFAS chemicals. You may be outraged (but probably not surprised) to learn that these actions have been driven by a former chemical industry lobbyist—who’s now nominated to run our top consumer protection agency.
Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down a decision in Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, et al v. U.S. EPA. The petition challenged EPA’s “framework rules” under the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).