In the face of continuing risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases from asbestos that’s in place and asbestos being used in new applications, ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: the goal of the suit is to force the agency to enact greater restrictions and more robust oversight on the use of the carcinogenic material.
Asbestos is a mineral that has long been used in industrial and construction settings, but after it was discovered that it causes mesothelioma and other deadly diseases, its use has been significantly curtailed. Still, despite efforts to have it banned completely, powerful forces in the chemical industry have pushed to keep a ban from going forward. There had been hope that asbestos use in the United States would have been stopped following action taken by the Obama administration, those efforts have been stymied, forcing attorneys general from the plaintiff locations to pursue legal action.
The states that are involved in the claim are led by the attorneys general from Massachusetts and California, though Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey, Minnesota and Washington state have also joined them and Washington D.C. The states had originally pushed for more data to be collected on the impact of asbestos, but when that request was denied, the lawsuit was filed. According to Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts,
“Asbestos is a known carcinogen that kills tens of thousands of people every year, yet the Trump administration is choosing to ignore the very serious health risks it poses.” Her words were echoed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California, who said, “There’s too much at stake to let the EPA ignore the danger that deadly asbestos poses to our communities, including to workers and children.”
If your family has been affected by mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, then you understand the importance of the actions being taken by the states. For information on the steps you can take to seek justice, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.