Most Americans believe they’re safe from deadly asbestos. But while 40 countries around the world have banned asbestos, the U.S. has not, and up to 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases each year. It is unconscionable that so many innocent victims have died because they were exposed to a product that they were told was safe. Until we take the steps to ban this deadly substance, we will continue to put innocent lives at risk.
Legislation I have introduced would protect families and workers from asbestos. My bill, S. 742, the Ban Asbestos in America Act, was introduced for the first time in 2002. After six years of working the bill through the legislative process and by careful bipartisan negotiations and persistent work, the Senate unanimously passed in 109th Congress. While that bill was not signed ultimately signed into law, I am continuing to work toward ensuring American families are not at risk from deadly asbestos.
A report by the Environmental Working Group on the dangers of asbestos exposure further underscores the need to enact my bill to ban asbestos in America.