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Monday, August 6, 2012

This Is Just Plain Sick: US Consumption of Asbestos Increased 13% in 2011

The US Geological Survey has reported that US consumption of asbestos fiber increased 13% in 2011. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and the cause of mesothelioma, a rare and fatal cancer. The US has yet to ban asbestos fiber. 
"U.S. apparent consumption of asbestos was calculated to be
1,180 t in 2011, a 13% increase from 1,040 t in 2010 (table 1).
It is likely that much of the additional 140 t of chrysotile
imported in 2011 went into stocks for future use rather than
being used because it was unlikely that markets had expanded.
Roofing products accounted for 41% of U.S. consumption;
diaphragms for the chloralkali industry, 28%; coating and
compounds, 2%; plastics, less than 1%; and other uses, 29%.
Much of the chrysotile for which no end use was specified was
likely to have been imported and (or) used by the chloralkali
industry in 2011, based on trade data reported by United
Business Media Global Trade (undated). Asbestos acts as a
semipermeable diaphragm to separate the chlorine generated
at the cell anode from the starting brine in the electrolytic cell.
Chrysotile was the only type of asbestos used in the United
States in 2011, 49% of which was grade 7, 16% was grade 5,
12% was grade 4, and 23% was unspecified."
Read USGS 2011 Mineral Report

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