Beryllium


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Six Months into the Trump Administration: Science and Public Health Under Siege

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Make no mistake. There is an all-out assault on the federal agencies charged with protecting our nation’s public health—and on the critical resources and infrastructure they need to do just that. Read more >

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An Administration Defined by Its Conflicts (and What That Means for Science and Policy)

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The first six months of President Trump’s time in office have consisted of a whirlwind of questionable governing decisions. From the outset, the Center for Science and Democracy established a baseline of the types of protections for science within the federal government that should be maintained by the Executive Office of the President; to say that the Trump Administration is not up to the mark would be a gross understatement. Read more >

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Trump Administration Delays Protections for Construction and Shipyard Workers, Weakens Beryllium Rule

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Beryllium is a very dangerous material. It’s a carcinogen and the cause of chronic beryllium disease, a devastating illness. Now a new proposal is out to “modify” (read “weaken”) protections for workers exposed to beryllium in construction and shipyards. Read more >

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Signed, Sealed, Delayed? The New Fate of the Added Sugar Rule and Other Safeguards

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The FDA announced this week that it “intends to extend compliance dates” for the nutrition facts label final rules, which will include the separate line for added sugars. We celebrated the finalization of this rule last May as science-based advocacy prevailing to give consumers key information on the foods they consume. While the FDA has not yet announced exactly how long that extension will push back implementation, the food industry has asked HHS Secretary Tom Price to delay the rule’s enforcement three years, until May 2021. Read more >

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Beryllium is a carcinogen and the cause of chronic beryllium disease—a devastating and incurable illness that quite literally saps the breath of those who suffer from it. Graphic: Wikimedia

Beryllium Exposure: Trump Administration Delays Protecting Workers from a Devastating Risk

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Yesterday, President Trump’s Labor Department announced it would delay the effective date of a new standard to protect workers exposed to beryllium on the job, from March 21 to May 20. Part of the president’s regulatory freeze, the delay purports to give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) an opportunity for further review.

A regulatory freeze in and of itself is not so unusual. Other presidents have done it. But this particular delay almost makes me cry.   Read more >

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