According to the letter dated August 10, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experts had warned about risks from exposure to asbestos which was ignored by EPA officials.
The report came after the EPA's refusal to put a ban on asbestos last month, despite its alleged links to a number of serious and life-threatening health risks, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other ailments. EPA officials objected, claiming they only considered lung cancer and mesothelioma as potential asbestos harms and the “new uses” of asbestos could be safer.
J&J is facing nearly 14,000 talcum powder lawsuits, each raising a common allegation that asbestos exposure from the company’s talc-based products causes ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Hon. Freda L. Wolfson, U.S.D.J./ Hon. Lois H. Goodman, U.S.M.J. overlooks J&J's talcum powder multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2738; In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation) in the District of New Jersey.