August 15, 2018
AIA New Jersey opposes the use of asbestos in building materials and urges the federal government to prioritize and take all necessary steps to completely and permanently ban its use. Regarding the Asbestos Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 11, 2018, I offer the following:
Asbestos is a dangerous material that has resulted in unnecessary loss of life and handicap of people. As architects, we are responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Part of that responsibility includes specifying the use of safe materials. Anything that allows the potential for dangerous materials, such as asbestos, to enter any part of the construction chain not only poses a risk to the public, but also unnecessarily increases the liability and cost of the design professional’s work. Therefore, there is no justifiable reason to include asbestos in the marketplace of today or tomorrow.
AIA New Jersey is proud to join with AIA and AIA 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, in taking a stand against any use of asbestos.
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