Canada: "Asbestos Brake Pad Ban Proposed"

"Ontario is poised to ban asbestos brake pads that release deadly fibres that can be inhaled by auto mechanics during repairs."

"An Ontario MPP will table a bill this week that if passed would be the first in Canada to block imports of asbestos brake pads from entering the Canadian market.

Most mechanics contacted by CBC News believed that asbestos was already banned from brake pads years ago. But figures from Statistics Canada show that more than $2.6 million worth of asbestos brake pads entered the country in 2011.

The federal government doesn't require Canadian border agents to verify whether companies are properly labelling these imports as containing asbestos."

Sarah Bridge reports for CBC News March 20, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Asbestos in Brakes: One Community's Struggle" (CBC News)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012