Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

May 23, 2019

Senator Anwar Releases Statement Supporting Senate Approval Of Asbestos Ban

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation prohibiting the sale of goods and use of building materials containing asbestos.

“At the federal level, we have noticed we are dialing back on well-recognized Environmental Protection Agency standards on asbestos,” said Sen. Anwar. “This is a highly concerning action that the current federal administration has taken. It will result in long-term health issues for Americans around the country. I am glad that today, Connecticut strengthened its asbestos ban and will not let federal plans negatively impact our state. As a physician, I have seen many patients with cancers directly linked with asbestos, including primary lung cancers and mesotheliomas, as well as severe lung diseases including asbestosis. I am honored to co-sponsor this bill and vote to move this bill to the House and subsequently for the governor to sign.”