The scientific community and mesothelioma advocates are expressing alarm following a change to United States environmental protection policy under new asbestos regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Though the Trump administration insists that their new rules are not designed to make things easier on the chemical industry and asbestos companies, those who have been fighting for an asbestos ban for years say that it would be naive to believe it is anything else – and that the new changes represent significant health hazards.