Cong. Frank Pallone grilled and chastised EPA’s Scott Pruitt for failing to ban methylene chloride. The exchange felt bittersweet to the brother of a man who died from methylene chloride exposure.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is marking International Worker Memorial Day with the release of its report, “The Dirty Dozen 2018: Employers Who Put Workers and Communities at Risk.”
Congress directed EPA to disclose confidential business information to health professionals in certain critical situations involving toxic chemicals. Kudos to the American Public Health Assoc., American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of OB/GYN, and the Environmental Defense Fund for not allowing EPA to wiggle away from Congress’ intent.
A new law in Kentucky will make it even more difficult for coal miners with black lung disease to be reimbursed for their medical care costs and lost wages. Findings from radiologists–the specialists in interpreting xrays—will no longer be considered a relevant piece of evidence to support a coal miner’s case.
The Trump Administration’s April 2018 may turn out to be one of the worst for its rollback of worker safety protections.
Maryland’s appropriations committee gave the State’s OSHA program a chance to admit it doesn’t have the resources needed to do its job. The agency missed the softball questions.
Witness for Peace Southeast launched their annual Holy Week pilgrimage through North Carolina to draw attention to social injustices. Their Palm Sunday stop was a gathering with poultry workers in Morganton, NC.
A new law in West Virginia spurs comment on wealth disparity in the U.S.