In the face of alarming new statistics regarding rising asbestos imports into the United States, mesothelioma victims and health and safety advocates are sounding an alarm, warning of the growing risk of asbestos-related diseases. The outcry follows the release of new data from both the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade commission which reveals a 2000 percent increase in the asbestos imports between July and August of 2018.
Asbestos is a material that was used on a constant basis in the United States until it was determined to be the cause of malignant mesothelioma and other serious diseases. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 15,000 Americans die each year from an asbestos-related disease, and many more are sickened as a result of exposure to the dangerous mineral. Some researchers believe that the number of deaths caused by asbestos are actually much higher. With word that the number of metric tons of asbestos imported into the United States increased from 13 to 272 between July of 2018 and August of 2018, some of the most powerful voices in the anti-asbestos world are speaking out. According to Linda Reinstein, president and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, “It is clear that under the Trump administration, U.S. asbestos imports and use are not decreasing. The science is irrefutable, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure or controlled use. Clearly, the chlor-alkali industry is lobbying for another exemption. It is appalling that unlike more than 60 nations around the world, the U.S. not only fails to ban asbestos, but allows imports to increase. Americans cannot identify or manage the risks of asbestos. The time is now for the EPA to say no to the asbestos industry and finally ban asbestos without exemptions.”
With countless people having been robbed of their health by asbestos – and of their lives by mesothelioma – the increase in asbestos imports is alarming, and may represent a real threat to the public health. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you need legal guidance, contact us at 1-800-966-2244.