EPA Issues Asbestos Part 2 Draft Risk Evaluation – Update from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

EPA Issues Asbestos Part 2 Draft Risk Evaluation, Preliminarily Determines That Asbestos Poses Unreasonable Risk to Human Health

On April 16, 2024, EPA announced the availability of and requested public comment on a draft document titled “Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluation Including Legacy Uses and Associated Disposals of Asbestos.” 89 Fed. Reg. 26878. EPA is evaluating legacy uses and associated disposals of asbestos, including chrysotile asbestos, five additional fiber types, asbestos-containing talc, and Libby asbestos. EPA states that it has used the best available science to determine preliminarily that asbestos poses unreasonable risk to human health. EPA will hold a webinar on May 13, 2024, to provide an overview of its risk evaluation. To receive the webcast meeting link and audio teleconference information before the meeting, registration had to be completed by 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on April 25, 2024. Requests for special accommodations are due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 6, 2024. Comments are due June 17, 2024. EPA has entered into a consent decree to complete the final risk evaluation by December 1, 2024. Please read the full memorandum for more information on this draft risk evaluation.

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