Asbestos Manufacturing & EPA’s New SNUR

On August 8, 2018, Acting Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the “EPA is proposing a new rule that would allow for the restriction of asbestos manufacturing and processing of new uses of asbestos.” SNUR was initially proposed on June 1, 2018 to broaden the Agency’s restrictions on asbestos products.

Under SNUR, new uses for asbestos will be prohibited without first being reviewed by the EPA. Asbestos is not currently banned and is still used for a handful uses including water purification.

Current asbestos uses that are outright banned include Corrugated Paper, Rollboard, Commercial Paper, Specialty Paper, Flooring Felt, and New Commercial Uses that began after August 25, 1989.

Potential Market Uses Prevented by SNUR:
• Asbestos Arc Chutes
• Asbestos Pipeline Wrap
• Asbestos Separators in Fuel Cells and Batteries
• Asbestos-Reinforced Plastics
• Beater-Add Gaskets
• Extruded Sealant Tape
• Filler for Acetylene Cylinders
• High-Grade Electrical Paper
• Millboard
• Missile Liner
• Roofing Felt
• Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tile
• Adhesives and Sealants
• Roof and Non-Roof Coatings
• Other Building Products (other than cement products)