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Bill proposed to create reporting rules for asbestos

A Democratic senator from another state recently introduced legislation, the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database Act, to provide consumers with up-to-date, accessible information on the locations where asbestos is located. The READ Act could lower the risk of exposure to the toxic substance.

The bill would update reporting requirements of the current Asbestos Information Act while requiring those who import, manufacture and handle products that contain asbestos to report information about the products to the federal Environmental Protection Agency every year. The proposed database would register all publicly accessible locations of asbestos-laden products reported the previous year.

The senator issued a press release, stating, "Every year, far too many Americans and their families suffer the deadly consequences of asbestos exposure." His proposed legislation adds accessibility and transparency about the locations of asbestos, potentially saving lives.

During his presidency, Ronald Reagan signed the Asbestos Information Act into law. It required processors and manufacturers of materials that contained asbestos to provide the EPA with a single product report. The reports wound up in the Federal Register and were difficult for consumers to access. With the proliferation of the Internet making dissemination of information so much easier, changes are necessary.

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos fibers, your risk of developing mesothelioma and other related cancers is much higher than someone with no history of exposure. This cancer is quite deadly and insidious in nature, as it lies dormant for decades in the body before emerging to wreak havoc on a person's body.

These environmental exposures can and should be prevented. If lax safety protocols and false information leads to an exposure, legal action can be taken in the California civil courts.

Source: The Hill, "Durbin bill creates asbestos reporting requirements," Lydia Wheeler, March 10, 201

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