Despite its well-documented dangers, you may be surprised to learn that asbestos has yet to be completely banned in the United States.
On July 12, 1989, EPA issued a rule banning most asbestos-containing products. In 1991, this regulation was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. As a result of the Court’s decision, the following six specific asbestos-containing product use categories remain banned:
- Corrugated paper
- Commercial paper
- Specialty paper
- Flooring felt
- New uses of asbestos
Not all products are banned; products containing asbestos are still sold and manufactured in the United States today. The use of asbestos-containing material, such as asbestos-cement corrugated sheet, asbestos-cement flat sheet, asbestos clothing, pipeline wrap, and roofing felt, is not banned. Because of the North American Free Trade Act, products that are made for use in Canada and Mexico, neither of which have banned the used of asbestos in products, are available today in the United States.