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U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

Even with all the information we have about the dangers of asbestos the U.S. is still importing more than 2.3 million pounds of the carcinogen.

By Jim Morris,

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral used in building materials, insulation, automobile brakes and other products.

The United States isn’t one of them. Last year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 1,060 metric tons – more than 2.3 million pounds – came into the country, all of it from Brazil. “Based on current trends,” the USGS says, “U.S. asbestos consumption is likely to remain near the 1,000-ton level …”

Public health experts and anti-asbestos activists find this distressing. Read More