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, http://www.publicintegrity.org
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