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. 21 denied the group’s rulemaking petition asking for this requirement.

“If you don’t know where people are being...