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Revisiting the History of Asbestos

Thirty years ago this past month – specifically July 12, 1989 –the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned most products that contained asbestos. Initially, it was a product introduced as innovative for its durability and fire resistance. It’s use gained prominence in construction materials, pipes, fertilizer and car parts throughout the 1900s and peaked in the 1970s.

The Fight to Ban Asbestos Moves to the States

The deadly effects of breathing in asbestos is a universally accepted fact. The countless number of people worldwide suffering from fatal diseases caused by the fibers continue to grow. In response to the health crisis, nations throughout the world have responded with outright bans on the use or importation of the cancer-causing carcinogen. Yet, one country continues its confounding holdout.

More Asbestos-Tainted Products Removed from Claire's Shelves

Claire’s asbestos-related woes continue. The retailer is already residing under a microscope after significant levels of asbestos were found in three of their products marketed to teen and tween girls two years ago. The chain also emerged from bankruptcy towards the end of last year, discharging $1.9 billion in debt and looking for a fresh start.

Are Claire’s makeup products putting young people at risk?

The presence of asbestos was once commonplace in construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries, a practice that continued into the 1970’s. Up until the 1990’s, home insulation and building materials believed to be safe contained asbestos. Today, deadly fibers are still released into the air when materials are disturbed despite efforts to curtail the risk of exposure.

Asbestos imports improperly reported, putting citizens at risk

The federal government recently denied a petition calling for increased reporting on asbestos imports. In the petition, environmental groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require asbestos importers and manufacturers to publicly report all asbestos-related activities.

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