In order to protect those working in the mechanical insulation industry, the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) works to impact the industry through a political presence.
As legislation is proposed, introduced or made law, the Mechanical Insulators LMCT will provide updates on how different pieces of legislation affect our industry.
If you find federal legislative information pertinent to the mechanical insulation industry, please contact the LMCT to have it discussed here.
Introduced in February 2021, the GREEN Bill (H.R. 848, Section 502) is the latest version of federal legislation that will provide incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency, including tax incentives that promote mechanical insulation work.
This healthcare bill will greatly improve our understanding of mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which has afflicted so many Insulators members and their families. The creation of a national, voluntary and self-enrolled database through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide medical researchers with access to vital information regarding the prevalence of mesothelioma and the occupational and environmental factors, which cause this dreaded disease. The mesothelioma patient registry will also collect reports on current treatment outcomes to improve medical treatment options.
Funding for the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Feasibility Study
In 2019, we successfully secured $100,000 to begin work on a feasibility study to create the mesothelioma patient registry. Now, we are working to secure an additional $400,000 to complete the feasibility study. We were successful in getting this funding in the House bill for FY 2020 for the Department of Health and Human Services, but the Senate version does not contain this funding. Currently, we are working to make sure this funding is included in the final conference version of this bill. This is the number one priority for the Mesothelioma Foundation.
While our focus is on the mesothelioma patient registry, we have become more involved with the federal legislation to ban asbestos, especially because the updated version of the asbestos ban contains a provision to require a federal report on the inventory of buildings, which still contain asbestos. This is the top priority for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).
State Ban Asbestos Legislation
The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) is actively working with individual states for individualized initiatives to ban asbestos. You can review state initiatives on their pages or contact us for more information and assistance in getting your state to consider legislation to ban asbestos.