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Page 52 of 61 ROCK products • September 2018 • 51 LAW The effect of the new rule is up for debate. The SNUR on its face seems to implement more regulation of asbestos, but it may have a very different impact in practice. Andrew R. Wheeler, EPA's acting administrator follow- ing Scott Pruitt's resignation, has stated that the SNUR would make it more difficult to use asbestos in products and that EPA is in fact trying to strengthen oversight of asbestos, not gut it. However, the wording of the new rule may instead make it easier to use asbestos, as it appears to allow for the reintroduction of the use of asbestos into new building materials. The Internet has erupted in a firestorm of criticism over the new rule and chatter about President Trump's ties to asbestos-produc- ing Russia. The public comment period on the new rule ended August 10, and there is little question that lawsuits are on the horizon to halt the SNUR from going into effect. For now, though, the question remains: Is asbestos poised to make a comeback? MINING MARKETPLACE Resource Center RESOURCES.MININGMARKETPLACE.COM Download free case studies, white papers, presentations, business forecasts, and much more. All content designed to help mining, aggregates, concrete, and cement industry professionals do business better. Helping You Build Career Success

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