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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016. This act provides the first revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted in 1976. TSCA has proven largely ineffective, but it took Congress decades to agree on revisions. Asbestos had become a “poster child” for TSCA revisions because of the failure of EPA to enact a ban. As a part of the TSCA revisions, asbestos was selected as one of the first 10 chemicals to be considered for a possible ban. EPA is now underway with the process of scoping and risk evaluation regarding asbestos, but there are twists and turns along the way. EPA is playing games with the review process and both proponents and opponents of a ban are trying to influence EPA in the process. The US is the only Western, industrialized nation that has not banned asbestos. We continue to import raw asbestos and asbestos containing products, and the legacy of asbestos exposure continues. Come to this session to learn about the TSCA revisions and how these revisions affect an asbestos ban. Hear a discussion of where EPA is now in the process of risk evaluation, and what is likely to happen with asbestos.

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