SOURCE: Johnson Law Group

August 15, 2007 10:12 ET

Mesothelioma Lawyer Johnson Still Worries About West Virginia Asbestos Exposure

CHARLESTON, WV--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - Mesothelioma lawyer Nick Johnson of Johnson Law Group, with principal offices in Houston, Texas, is finding that exposure to asbestos in West Virginia remains a concern today despite government regulations.

"What many people don't realize is that we don't have an actual ban on asbestos," says Johnson. "Asbestos still exists in thousands of products today. While OSHA regulates most affected businesses, it's the do-it-yourselfer and the smaller establishments that really need to be forewarned."

Though the Environmental Protection Agency declared asbestos a hazardous air pollutant in the 1970s, it continues to be used in home construction products, insulation, flooring materials, friction products like brake and clutch linings, and textile products.

In 1989, the EPA announced an asbestos ban and phase out. But in 1990, the ban was overturned by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. For the most part, products that contain asbestos today use a type of asbestos called chrysotile, which is considered less harmful than its predecessor; however, the EPA has repeatedly stated that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Johnson Law Group is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and practices in all areas of personal injury law and focuses on mesothelioma lung cancer, rollover/car accidents, PPH/Fen Phen, Paxil pharmaceutical cases, maritime injuries, patent infringement, Avandia and nursing home abuse in more than 20 U.S. states and Mexico. More information may be found at

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