Starting today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a two-day set of public meetings that are designed to gather input about how to develop the risk evaluation process for toxic substances. The risk evaluation process is part of a new set of powers that were granted to the EPA with the signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act back in July.

The meetings are open to all stakeholders who have an interest in the process of the risk evaluation and prioritization of chemicals as part of the new process. This includes chemical companies, general users, non-profit organizations, consumer product manufacturers, local and state government agencies, and members of the public, and anyone interested in the environmental and public health issues or the regulation of chemical substances.

While registration for the meetings is now closed, anyone can join remotely via the webinar. Webinar links are available at http://opptstakeholder.eventbrite.com.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Pledge to Ban Asbestos

As part of the meetings taking place over the next couple days, the EPA will also look at the process of prioritizing which chemicals to review first. Organizations such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) are attending the event in an effort to urge the EPA to review – and ultimately ban – asbestos as a toxic substance.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is joining the ADAO and others in calling for the EPA to ban asbestos. You can join the call with us by following on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing your thoughts, concerns, and stories with us. If you wish to let others know about your support for banning asbestos, you can also share the graphic below.

Ban Asbestos

For more information about the EPA’s progress in pursuing a ban on asbestos, watch for updates here on our blog and on social media.