The Asbestos Institute is pleased to post this EPA summary of the “2019 Final Rule” for asbestos, commonly referred to as the Significant New Use Rule (SNUR). This rule has been needed for the last 30 years in the US, to give final closure to legal asbestos use. Since the 1989 EPA bans on some asbestos products in use at that time, and any new uses, the regulatory door remained open for most asbestos products to be used in this country. These products are referred to in our industry by their OSHA title, “Class II Materials”. These are most of the construction products you see the building you are in right now (flooring, wallboard, vinyl base, ceiling materials, roofing, etc.). This new rule has finally closed that door.
One of EPA’s priorities is to protect the public from the adverse health effects of asbestos. Actions to protect the public from exposure to asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) include the following three pieces.