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Criticizing Industry, Appellate Judges Back OSHA's 'Evidence' For Silica Rule

September 26, 2017
Federal appellate judges appear to be backing the Obama administration's rule strengthening limits for worker exposure to silica, criticizing industry attacks that OSHA lacked “substantial evidence” to adopt the standard and even suggesting that the rule could be strengthened after questioning agency reasoning for rejecting further protections unions are seeking. “The law is clear, when scientists on both sides” draw different conclusions, “it's perfectly appropriate for OSHA to weight in favor of occupational safety,” Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the...

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