WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marty Durbin, President of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute, issued the following statement today regarding EPA’s Proposed Rule prohibiting all uses of asbestos:
"The EPA’s proposed phase out of all uses of asbestos will have unintended consequences on safe drinking water and our already-precarious supply chain of consumer products. Asbestos is used in the production of chlorine which is critical to treating drinking water and in the manufacturing of many pharmaceutical, bleach and medical goods. The use of asbestos in the chlor-alkali process is tightly regulated and used safely every day. We urge the EPA to take a more realistic approach to asbestos regulations that will protect health while recognizing the vital role it plays in the production of products that keep Americans safe."