Sign a petition to ban asbestos in the U.S.
The dangers of asbestos are widely known and have been for several decades. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that affects the lungs and other areas of the body.
So despite the known dangers of asbestos, the substance is still used in the United States. While it is not mined, it is still imported and used in various industries.
What is being done to address the problem?
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization has created a public petition to ban asbestos in the United States. They are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action. Currently, the EPA is starting a review and regulation process that could take up to five years to complete. However, the agency has the option to enact a ban that would start now.
Enacting an immediate ban would mean that tens of thousands of individuals would avoid being exposed to asbestos in the coming years. Over time, this would mean a great reduction in mesothelioma rates in the U.S.
Around the world, more than 50 countries have banned asbestos. We hope the United States is next.
Take action: Individuals are being asked to sign a petition to ban asbestos on Change.org.
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