Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once lauded for its versatility, strength and fire-resistant properties.
It is also toxic, responsible for 3,000 malignant mesothelioma cases a year.
More than 50 countries ban asbestos, but the construction and manufacturing industries in the U.S. continue using it.
The U.S. is among the few major industrialized countries that hasn’t entirely banned asbestos in all of its forms.
While highly regulated, it continues to be used in gaskets, friction products, roofing materials, fireproofing materials and hundreds of consumer products as long as it accounts for less than one percent of the product.