AIA opposes EPA proposal on asbestos

WASHINGTON – Aug. 9, 2018 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is submitting formal comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to its proposed Significant New Use Rule, which would allow for new asbestos products to be considered for future manufacturing, processing and importing.

In addition to the formal comments, AIA 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s proposal:

“The AIA strongly opposes the EPA’s proposed rule. Asbestos can cause significant and irreversible risks—including cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases—to those who come into direct contact with friable and airborne asbestos fibers. This is especially concerning for contractors, builders, architects and homeowners who could be exposed to dislodged asbestos fibers during the demolition and building process if they are unaware of its presence. The EPA has offered no compelling reason for considering new products using asbestos, especially when the consequences are well known and have tragically affected the lives of so many people. The EPA should be doing everything possible to curtail asbestos in the United States and beyond—not providing new pathways that expose the public to its dangers.”

Read the AIA’s submitted comments to the EPA.

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