Asbestos, once valued as a superb insulator, is now recognized as a deadly carcinogen. The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") estimates that 733,000 public and commercial buildings in the United States contain friable asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. Thus, it is not surprising that an avalanche of litigation has resulted from concerns over exposure to asbestos.
Janis L. Kirkland,
What's Current in Asbestos Regulations,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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