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Asbestos Use and Production

Asbestos is a mineral commonly mined and manufactured in products throughout the world. In the United States, asbestos mining ended in 2002. However, asbestos is still used in the manufacturing of thousands of U.S. products. Since domestic mining ended, U.S. manufacturers have imported asbestos from all over the world, with the majority of imports coming from Canada.

The Mineral Properties of Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral with long, thin fibers. It can be easily spun together, and is used as a flexible substance in manufacturing many products. Many manufacturers prefer asbestos over similar substances because it has low electrical conductivity, high flexibility, and high tensile strength. Some studies indicate that asbestos is used in more than 3,000 types of products.

Although a variety of asbestos types exist, the two most popular are chrysotile asbestos and amphibole asbestos. The first is commonly used in industrial production, while the other is used for scientific purposes. Chrysotile asbestos has been mined throughout the world for more than 100 years.

Asbestos Production and Trade in the United States

In the United States, asbestos mining and production was a relatively small industry at the beginning of the 20th century. However, during World War II, production in the U.S. began to increase. By 1965, production was about 100,000 tons per year, and that number increased over the next ten years. However, from 1975 to 2002, asbestos mining in the U.S. dropped from 120,000 tons per year to zero tons per year.

The end of asbestos mining in the U.S., however, did not mean the end of asbestos use in the U.S. Instead of domestic production, U.S. manufacturers have relied on foreign imports of asbestos. While U.S. manufacturers import asbestos from all over the world, the majority of U.S. imports come from Canada.

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