By Ady Padan, Ph.D
Technical Director, AES International
Asbestos products were supposed to completely have been banned in 1989 but this didn’t happen. As of today, asbestos is restricted in the United States, but it is not fully banned. Even though the heavy use of asbestos-containing products in the 20th century contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of veterans and tradespeople, some asbestos containing products (materials) are still allowed today.
Asbestos-containing products like floor tiles, insulation, and other building materials must be reviewed by the EPA before going on the market. Additionally, some car parts such as brakes and clutches are legally permitted to contain asbestos.
The mining of asbestos stopped in 2002. All asbestos used in the U.S. is now imported. Some of the imported asbestos appears in gaskets and friction products for the automobile industry.
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