The national association of architects condemns the deregulation of the toxic building material
In the latest deregulation effort by the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to allow new products to be manufactured with asbestos, a building material and known carcinogen which the architecture industry has largely shunned since the 1970s.
In a statement, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) decried the move, asking the EPA to not only revoke the proposed rule, but to completely eliminate asbestos in domestic settings: “The EPA should use their existing regulatory authority to establish a blanket ban on the use of asbestos.”
As first reported by Fast Company, the EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on June 11 which would approve the use of asbestos in U.S. products on a case-by-case basis. Under the earlier Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the use of asbestos to make certain materials like plastics was tightly monitored and frequently reviewed. The EPA’s SNUR loosens those regulations in an effort to encourage manufacturers to create new uses for asbestos, increasing the potential of exposing workers to toxic chemicals.
Although asbestos was never banned outright in the U.S., the building industry has taken great pains to remove and limit exposure to the material, which was used as insulation for decades. But the U.S. still imports a significant amount of asbestos due to its wide range of applications in construction. Asbestos is used to make chlorine, which is essential for producing polyvinyl chloride (or PVC), a plastic material that can be found in virtually every U.S. home, most commonly in pipes.
Today, it’s estimated that asbestos is still responsible for the deaths of 40,000 Americans annually. An estimated 3,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung cancer.
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