The Russian mining company Uralasbest has begun putting President Donald Trump’s face and a seal that reads “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States,” on pallets of its chrysotile asbestos products.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the move came after Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided against banning the new asbestos product.
“Donald is on our side!” Uralasbest announced in a Facebook post accompanied by photos of the products with Trump’s face stamped on them.
The post thanked Trump for supporting former EPA chief Scott Pruitt and adds that Trump called asbestos “100% safe after application.”
Environmental groups have criticized Uralasbest and the decision from the EPA not to ban asbestos products.
“Vladimir Putin and Russia’s asbestos industry stand to prosper mightily as a result of the Trump administration’s failure to ban asbestos in the US,” Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, told The Guardian.
The Hill adds:
Uralasbest is located in Asbest, a mining city in the Ural Mountains of Russia. The Guardian notes that previous reports have said the company has ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump is set to meet in Finland this month.
Asbestos is classified by the U.S. government as a “known carcinogen” because of the evidence that suggests asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs and cause mesothelioma. It can also reportedly cause cancers of the lung, larynx and ovary.
Using asbestos for clothing and roofing is still allowed in the U.S., but the EPA in June announced that it would take further action on the product by using the “best available science” to evaluate its effects.