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Asbestos Hazard Abatement Program refers to a program initiated for the removal or abatement of the use of asbestos which cause air pollution and other health hazards.
Exposure to asbestos fibers significantly increases the incidence of cancer and other severe or fatal diseases, such as asbestosis. Medical evidence suggests that children are particularly vulnerable to environmentally induced cancers. Partial surveys conducted in some U.S States indicated that in a number of school buildings materials containing asbestos fibers have become damaged or friable, causing asbestos fibers to be dislodged into the air. Further asbestos concentrations far exceeding normal ambient air levels were found in school buildings containing such damaged materials.
As there was no Federal health standard regulating the concentration of asbestos fibers in noncommercial workplace environments such as schools, it was likely that school employees and students will be exposed to hazardous concentrations of asbestos fibers in the school buildings which they use each day. It was felt that without a program of information distribution, technical and scientific assistance, and financial support, many local educational agencies and States will not be able to mitigate the potential asbestos hazards in their schools. Therefore the Asbestos Hazard Abatement Program were initiated with in the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to 20 USCS § 4012 to mitigate hazards from exposure to asbestos fibers and materials emitting such fibers. The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has the duty of implementing and effectuating the Program.