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James Hardie Beats the E.P.A. Ban by 15 Years

Posted by Petalyn Swartalbert

Nov 17, 2011

 

James Hardie and the Asbestos Story Part 2

Children safe crossing

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned asbestos in wallboard patching compounds and fireplaces in the late 1970s.

It was found that the asbestos fibers in these products could be released into the environment during use. It is interesting to note here that James Hardie products were 100% asbestos free by 1974. (...some good news!)

Manufacturers of electric hairdryers voluntarily stopped using asbestos in their products in 1979. It wasn't until 1989 (15 years after Hardie ceased all use of Asbestos) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos; however, uses developed before 1989 are still allowed. (...some bad news!) 

"The Environmental Protection Agency also established regulations that require school systems to inspect buildings for the presence of damaged asbestos and to eliminate or reduce asbestos exposure to occupants by removing the asbestos or encasing it."

But our question is this: 

How does allowing uses prior to 1989 (presumably buildings erected before that date) affect the schools constructed prior to that time? Are these spicifically covered by the regulation to inspect, eliminate or reduce?(Anyone know?)

See excerpt From The National Cancer Institute -How is Asbestos Used

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