Senate Passes AGC-Supported Bill to Ban Asbestos
The Senate Thursday passed S. 741, the Ban Asbestos in America Act, to prohibit the importation, manufacturing, processing, and distribution of asbestos-containing material including products having asbestos-containing material.
The bill also expands research efforts on asbestos-related diseases and establishes a public education campaign to inform Americans about the dangers of asbestos exposure.
AGC worked with a group of construction stakeholders led by the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association to ensure that definitions and test methodologies included in the bill would not impact the supply of materials and products needed for the industry. In addition to more accurate mineral definitions, S. 742 includes provisions to improve the science behind methods for distinguishing minerals so that common earth and rocks are not inadvertently misidentified as asbestos.
AGC will continue to work to improve the bill as it moves to the House for its consideration.
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