The railroad industry knew of the dangers of asbestos for decades, but it wasn’t until 1989 that the EPA issued a final rule that banned new use of asbestos. The fact that the railroad industry continued to use asbestos materials until the ban was enacted has led to a high percentage of rail company employees with this work-related illness. Unfortunately, it appears the number of rail workers afflicted with this terrible disease will not decrease any time soon. My colleague John C. wrote about this issue and the prevalence of mesothelioma victims who worked for Norfolk Southern and CSX. Please take a look at the article to learn more.