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Environmental Lawsuits May Aid Workers Targeting Chemical Exposures

May 10, 2019
A labor union attorney says environmental statutes' citizen suit provisions could give workers a powerful tool in their fight to reduce their exposures to hazardous chemicals, because laws such as the Clean Air Act impose much greater penalties for violations that increase exposures compared to workplace safety statutes. Workers could use the increased risk of penalties from citizen suits to pressure companies into taking steps to limit exposures, the attorney says, for example by switching to safer chemicals and processes...

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