Volume 95 Issue 49 | p. 16 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 18, 2017 | Web Date: December 14, 2017

Brazil asbestos ban impacts U.S. imports

Russia is now the sole source of carcinogenic mineral for the U.S.
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Chemical regulation, asbestos, Brazil, chlor-alkali

The U.S. chlor-alkali industry is feeling the hit from a Nov. 29 ruling of the Brazil Supreme Federal Court that bans the mining, use, and commercialization of asbestos in Brazil. About 95% of the asbestos used in the U.S. in 2016 was imported from Brazil, with the rest coming from Russia. The chlor-alkali industry used nearly all of the material, or about 340 metric tons, according to estimates . . .

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