Recently in Washington, D.C., sponsoring Senators Edward Markey and Dick Durbin introduced the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act to revise the Asbestos Information Act of 1988. The READ Act will make information on asbestos products available to the public so that Americans can see where they are being used in the U.S. The Act will make information much more accessible through an online website. The Asbestos Information Act of 1988 made information available, but it is only accessible by a more difficult process through the Federal Register. Asbestos is a known carcinogen which causes mesothelioma, and affects the protective membrane of the heart, lungs, and stomach cavity.
Both Senators believe it is necessary to update the bill in order to ensure full disclosure of asbestos products, where they are located, and how the products are used in our country. They believe Americans need this information so that they can take every precaution to eliminate or choose not to use goods and services associated with the toxic mineral. Asbestos products are banned in many countries, but continue to be used and imported into the U.S. Some common products containing asbestos being used in the U.S. everyday are roofing materials, flooring, building materials, and car parts such as brakes and transmission parts. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that asbestos exposure at work is responsible for 107,000 deaths per year.
The READ Act will Inform Citizens of the Risks of Asbestos Exposure
Although the bill is still pending and long overdue, its passage will finally require manufacturers of asbestos products to report information about the asbestos products to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) No longer will the information of where and which products contain asbestos be concealed. Americans will be able to determine what environments pose an asbestos risk, and take the necessary actions to protect themselves. The bill also calls for an awareness campaign so that the public is notified when the website is up and running.
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