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February 1, 1986 | Vol. 129 | No. 5

EPA moves to phase out asbestos goods

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week proposed banning five widely used asbestos products, then phasing out over 10 years all mining, importation and remaining uses for the mineral. A known human carcinogen, asbestos is capable of causing lung cancer and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest and abdominal lining). In announcing the proposal, EPA Administrator Lee M. Thomas said that enacting the law could ultimately prevent about 1,900 U.S. asbestos-related cancer deaths.

EPA only began investigating the hazards posed by some of the now-to-be-banned products after French researchers in 1982 pointed out t

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