Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, in a speech before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco announced the Administrations proposed initiative to finally ban the use of asbestos. Asbestos, still permitted to be used in the US, is well known carcinogen that has been causally connected to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma (a fatal illness).
Citing the failure of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Jackson has proposed new legislation that will require that manufactures to develop new data on safety of existing chemicals and new chemicals used. She stated:
The Administration's 6 part initiative will include the following according to Jackson: