Obama may join other presidents who have tried and failed to contain industrial dust.
OSHA was supposed to finish reviewing public comment on its proposed rule in June. “If OSHA is unable to get out a rule on silica, something with such strong scientific evidence and completely feasible controls, then we can pretty much eliminate the notion that OSHA can get out regulations on any kind of health standard,” says former OSHA legislative analyst Celeste Monforton, now a lecturer at George Washington University. “You might as well just rip those pages right out of the OSHA statute.” She argues that the agency needs a streamlined rule-making process and more leadership from the White House.
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