1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

September 6, 2008

:250 Asbestos in Building Materials

Filed under: :250 Asbestos in Building Materials — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 7:36 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:250 EcoTip: Most people think that asbestos use was banned in the late 1970’s. This isn’t true. The EPA issued a rule banning most asbestos products in 1989; however, this was overturned by the courts in 1991.  The rules are complicated – and some types of asbestos use continues today. Many manufacturers have voluntarily stopped using asbestos – but the only way to be sure is to have suspiscious products tested. Canada and Russia remain major producers of asbestos.

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 Additional Information:

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in building materials and products because it is a good insulator and is fire resistant. Information about the attempts to ban asbestos are available at http://www.epa.gov/asbestos//pubs/ban.html

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