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The Regulatory Accountability Act Subverts Science and Must Be Stopped

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Today, just four days after hundreds of thousands of people marched for science, the Senate introduced a bill that would substitute politics for scientific judgment in every decision the government makes about public health and the environment. If enacted, the legislation would cripple the government’s ability to effectively carry out laws that protect us, putting everyone at more risk, especially communities of color and low-income communities that are more exposed to threats. Read more >

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Protecting our nation’s workforce is not a partisan issue. If this president and this Congress say they stand with America’s workers, then it’s time to give meaning to those words.

Will Congress Turn Its Back on the Safety of America’s Workers?

, executive director

Update (April 4, 12:45 p.m.): It’s official. Another loss for America’s workers. Yesterday President Trump put the finishing touches on congressional efforts to overturn a decades-long and critical element of protecting our nation’s workforce. He signed the resolution that now permanently removes the ability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cite employers with a pattern of record keeping violations related to workplace injuries and illnesses. Yes, permanently, because it was passed under the Congressional Review Act. This action is a gift to unscrupulous employers and a true blow to worker safety and health.

Update (March 22, 6:20 p.m.): Senate votes. Workers lose. On a straight party line vote, the Senate just repealed OSHA’s rule clarifying an employer’s obligation to maintain accurate records of serious injuries. According to the Congressional Review Act, the rule is now and forever gone unless Congress tells the agency to write it again–and there is fat chance of that happening anytime soon. This is a sad day for U.S. workers; another safeguard gone.


 

Let’s say someone you care about—mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, friend, and neighbor—works in a facility that’s had a history of serious injuries or illnesses. You know, like burns, amputations, and broken bones that happen at work. Or head, eye, or back injuries. Or problems that send workers to emergency rooms, clinics, or doctors with breathing difficulties, skin damage, or other health issues related to chemical exposures or other dangerous conditions at work.  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

, executive director

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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Finally, a Silica Rule: A Story of Industry Interference and Regulatory Delay

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

“The science is clear,” Representative Frederica Wilson asserted in a Congressional hearing on silica earlier today. Last month, the Department of Labor issued the long-awaited silica rule to protect workers from health effects of crystalline silica dust exposure. Read more >

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