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The EPA's March to Ban Asbestos: 2020 Draft Risk Evaluation

July 2020Article
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Defense Counsel Journal - Volume 87, Issue 3

In March 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos, coinciding with the agency’s fiftieth anniversary. This article looks at why the EPA was created and how the agency’s work has evolved from policing against widespread environmental pollutants in its early years to devoting significant resources in 2020 on a reevaluation of asbestos, a mineral that is rarely used and highly regulated in the U.S.