June 4, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Health Experts Criticize EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation

Doctors, scientists and occupational health experts from across the country are criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent asbestos draft risk evaluation.

At a virtual press conference arranged by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization last week, speakers labeled the asbestos evaluation inadequate and in need of serious revision.

The year-long evaluation was required as part of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was passed in 2016. It amended the original Toxic Substances Control Act, the country’s primary chemicals management law.

“I am concerned that the draft has serious omissions and does not reflect the full magnitude of the dangers of asbestos exposure,” said Dr. Jacqueline Moline, a specialist in occupational and environmental medicine at Hofstra University/Northwell Health in New York.