Russian Mining Company Stamps Trump’s Face on New Asbestos Products-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
A Russian mining company has sold asbestos with President Donald Trump’s face stamped on it and the phrase, ““Approved by Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States.”
Following EPA decisions that paved the way for the use of a “new” asbestos in America, a Russian company called “Uralasbest” stamped President Trump’s face on pallets of the product as a thank you.
Photos of President Trump’s face stamped onto pallets of the chrysotile asbestos appeared on the company’s Facebook page in late June 2018. A post that appeared with the photos explained that Trump had backed former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to not place a blanket ban on the use of asbestos products in the United States. The post also states that President Trump said asbestos was “100 percent” after installation.
Claims made in the post are true. Spray-on asbestos applications were banned in the U.S. in the early 1970s. Regulators attempted a complete asbestos ban in 1989, but it was ultimately overturned by the courts. In the end, the asbestos ban was upheld in six key areas: corrugated paper, roll board, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt, and new uses of asbestos
The EPA, under the leadership of Pruitt, published the rule on June 11, 2018 reversing the ban on new uses of asbestos. It states, “The proposed significant new use of asbestos (including as part of an article) is manufacturing (including importing) or processing for certain uses identified by EPA.” Essentially, that means companies could get EPA approval for the use of asbestos in new applications.
It’s also true that President Trump has called asbestos 100 percent safe after installation. Trump wrote in his 1997 book, “The Art of the Comeback,” that asbestos was “100% safe, once applied.” His theory was that organized crime started false rumors that asbestos causes cancer to shake down building owners, forcing them to pay mob-backed companies to remove it. Trump also once tweeted that the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11 because asbestos had been removed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization has voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to allow some new uses of asbestos. It argues that doing so could carry significant public health risks. Others have noted that Russia stands to profit greatly from the policy reversal. Russia is the world leader in chrysotile asbestos reserves.