Workers at chlorine factories across the US have recently raised concerns about their exposure to asbestos while on the job after reports were released detailing the unsafe conditions at a plant in Niagra Falls, NY. As a result, two of the country's largest chlorine producers - Olin and Oxychem - have come under scrutiny as workers have come forward to share their unsafe experiences and exposure to asbestos while working without adequate protective gear or accurate information about the harmful health effects. Furthermore, many retired workers from these factories have developed breathing problems and lung conditions due to their exposure to asbestos. Some advocates have begun to call on Congress to pass a law to ban asbestos in response to these workplace health issues.
See Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi, NPR, December 7, 2022