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Will new rule lead to more asbestos exposure in the US?

Between 12,000 and nearly 40,000 people in the United States die annually from diseases related to asbestos. This leaves many people wondering why materials containing the product are not altogether banned. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule that not only has raised people's fears but has caused some to worry whether the rule could possibly lead to more asbestos exposure for workers and residents in Minnesota and across the country.

The EPA has proposed a significant new use rule requiring anyone who wishes to import or manufacture goods containing asbestos to first seek the agency's approval. Those speaking on behalf of the EPA say this rule would help them better regulate the potentially dangerous microscopic fibrous materials. Others say that such a rule would only enable more asbestos to be used in the United States, thereby placing even more people at risk for injury.

A public health expert said many people have been given a false impression that asbestos products are banned in the U.S. when, in fact, they are not. A co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization said it was her husband's 2003 mesothelioma diagnosis that prompted her to learn more about the topic. She said the more she studied, the angrier she became because she learned that many asbestos injuries could have been prevented.

No amount of asbestos exposure has been deemed safe. Many families in Minnesota and beyond are currently trying to helped loved ones diagnosed with incurable asbestos-related illnesses. For asbestos victims or immediate family member of deceased victims who wish to discuss possible litigation, an experienced personal injury attorney would be a great source of support.

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