The EPA and Asbestos: What You Need to Know

Men handling Asbestos

Asbestos was widely used in construction and industrial applications throughout the early to mid-20th century in America. However, its usage was significantly reduced, or even banned in many cases, after it was discovered that it was linked to cancers, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, among other diseases. Because mesothelioma is a slow-developing disease, new cases are still being reported daily—often due to asbestos exposure that occurred decades ago.

In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal indicating that asbestos could be used for new applications in industries such as manufacturing and processing. Many critics have expressed outrage over the proposal due to the harmful effects that asbestos has on people who are exposed to it at work or in other locations. Both the World Health Organization and the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General say that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe for humans, even in controlled applications and usage.

Harmed by Asbestos Exposure? You Still Deserve Compensation.

Although the EPA is attempting to give the green light to new uses for asbestos, victims of the dangerous material can and should still pursue claims for compensation if they developed cancer or other diseases due to exposure. At Carter Mario Law Firm, our Connecticut personal injury lawyers will continue to fight for the rights of innocent victims in the wake of the EPA’s proposal, and we’ll do everything we can to get them the money they deserve.

Whether you believe you were exposed to asbestos at home, at work, in an industrial environment, or during your military service, you can count on us to provide the aggressive, compassionate legal representation you need. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.