(Vietnamplus) – Hanoi (VNA) – Whether to stop or allow the use of chrysotile has once again become a hot topic with many debates among Government agencies and experts in the hearing session held by the National Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Environment on 03 November 2018. The decades-long controversy as well as the proposal to develop a roadmap to cease the use of chrysotile in the production of asbestos cement (AC) roofing by 2023 proposed by the Ministry of Construction have caused many difficulties to the manufacturers of this affordable roofing; some producers have had to shut down their businesses.
The debate on the ban of chrysotile in AC roof sheet production at the hearing conference of the Committee on Science, Technology & Environment has come to a practical issue: is there any alternative fiber to chrysotile which is affordable?
(Investment Newspaper) – A rise in the US – China economic war is indicated by an event a couple of days ago in which the US President threatened to apply tax on the 500 billon dollar worth of good exported from China to the US. That amount of good almost equals the total quantity of good exported from China to the US in 2017. Recent warnings showed that this economic war will have noticeable impact on the operation of businesses in the building material industry, including businesses in Vietnam.
(VOV.VN) The inconsistency in policies on the use of chrysotile has restrained businesses and workers in the industry.
[Thanh nien] While it remains controversial on whether the production and use of chrysotile are hazardous, most experts emphasize the importance of technology improvement.
(VN Finance) – The VNRA has sent an official document to the Ministry of Construction to comment on the “Roadmap to cease the use of chrysotile in AC roof sheet production by 2023”.
(Dan Tri) – Brutally affected by the Damrey typhoon, the people in Khanh Hoa province have to overcome many difficulties to rebuild their lives. Currently, the People’ Committee of Khanh Hoa province has proposed the Government to provide 2,855 billion VND, 25,000 tons of rice and other medicines.
VOV- Most international studies have not found any health risks of chrysotile if it is used in a controlled manner.
(Tienphong) – Due to the controversy over the use of chrysotile in Vietnam, the Committee on Science, Technology and Environment has sent a delegation to Russia to researching on the mining and use of chrysotile in this country.
VOV.VN – The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade suggested Vietnam to take into account the EAEU-VN Free Trade Agreement while reviewing the issue of chrysotile.
Several AC roof sheets manufactures have invested dozens of billion VND in automatic and closed technology to limit the impact on environment and to save resources in production process.
(Vietnamplus) – Chrysotile has triggered a never-ending debate on its impact on human health; however, does it pose any risks when using as an input material in other products?
(Vietnamnet.vn) – Replacing chrysotile in roof sheet production due to its impact on human health or using it under control are remaining a never – ending debate.
(Vietnamnet.vn) – completely replacing or using chrysotile under control remains a difficult problem for scientists, economists and authorities.