- Each year, an average of 200 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in the state of New York, and an average of 120 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in the state of New Jersey.
- New York ranks fourth in the nation for the production of crude talc, with mesothelioma incidence rates doubling the state average in counties with active talc mines.
- Throughout the 20th century, New Jersey factories produced thousands of asbestos products for some of the nation's largest manufacturers.
- There are currently 13 designated NPL Superfund sites in New York and New Jersey due to asbestos pollution or contamination.
- There are thousands of New York and New Jersey buildings and job sites where asbestos dangers have been identified.
- The use of asbestos is not banned in the United States. Asbestos use and the handling of asbestos materials are regulated, but its use is not banned. Asbestos is recognized as a hazardous material and is monitored by OSHA and the EPA but exposure risks still exist.
- Many old homes, factories, schools, warehouses, and commercial buildings still contain old asbestos products.
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