Talc, a widely used mineral, has been in the limelight because of reports that asbestos has been detected in some talc-based baby powder, makeup, and other personal care products. Dr. Moline has done ground-breaking work on the link between use of these products by women and the occurrence of asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Asbestos contamination is also a concern for crayons and other children’s products and may be a source of risk for the many workers who are exposed to talc during its numerous industrial uses. EPA’s recent draft risk evaluation for asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act doesn’t assess the risks of talc-based products and, unless EPA addresses this omission, the Agency will overlook an important potential contributor to asbestos risk that should be carefully investigated.
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