Table 1

Raw asbestos consumption in the USA, 1917–77 (10 year intervals)

YearConsumption (short tons)
US Department of Commerce. Bureau of Mines Mineral Yearbook. Consumption peaked at 882 908 tons in 1973. The vast bulk of American consumption (some 96% in 1956) consisted of chrysotile (white asbestos).
1917135338
1927226365
1937316263
1947616194
1957723492
1967720583
1977671543