Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources By State
“Ground Zero” in the War on Asbestos may have been Libby, Montana. However, the plight of Libby’s workers and their families brought national attention to what is really a worldwide tragedy.
In 1989, the EPA attempted to institute a complete ban on asbestos, but the federal courts, once again overturned the ban in 1991.
Nonetheless, there are many rules and regulations regarding the removal and disposal of asbestos, all of which are governed by the EPA, which has established minimum requirements. All state and community standards must follow the federal guidelines; however, many states, particularly those in the West and Northeast, have even more stringent laws in place. In both cases, violators face stiff fines and even prison sentences.
In addition, each state has its own sets of laws regulating worker compensation and personal injury and mesothelioma lawsuits. In some states, these laws provide an environment supportive of asbestos victims, while others tend to favor corporate defendants.