New federal asbestos ban includes controversial exemptions

When the federal government announced its final regulations for the ban on asbestos that will come into effect on December 30, 2018, they were probably hoping for better headlines than ours. The final regulations include new exemptions to allow the military, nuclear facilities and chlor-alkali plants to continue using the hazardous substance for several years.

The ban, however, will prohibit the import, sale and use of asbestos, as well as the manufacturing, import, sale and use of most products - including automotive brake pads and vehicle transmission components such as clutches - containing asbestos. The ban will apply to products that are already in a company's inventory, and prevent businesses from acquiring new products with asbestos.

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