Special Report: Advocates Urge EPA to Protect Workers From Harmful Chemicals

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The Environmental Protection Agency should use the new authorities under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act to protect workers and other at-risk groups, advocates say.

Environmental health and union representatives urged the EPA to protect many potentially exposed and susceptible populations during meetings the EPA held this month to discuss rules it must develop under the amended chemicals law.

Worker safety and protection from exposure to industrial chemicals on the job received particular attention at the meetings.

“OSHA isn't doing it,” Eve Gartner, an attorney with Earthjustice told Bloomberg BNA. Gartner said that Occupational Safety and Health Administration is simply not updating and setting new permissible exposure limits, or PELS, to limit worker exposures from harmful chemicals.

There’s more to this story in my special report Protect Workers From Harmful Chemicals, Advocates Urge EPA.