The EPA denied the public’s right to know the extent of asbestos and asbestos-containing products being imported into the U.S., a coalition of health and environmental groups say in a lawsuit filed Feb. 18.

The groups want the Environmental Protection Agency’s to force companies to report their annual imports and uses of asbestos and asbestos containing-products.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco, comes after the EPA on Dec....