Wednesday, September 10, 2008

In August we post Little Woman
Celeste Monforton, is a former Department of Labor policy analyst and is now a lecturer and research associate at George Washington University's School of Public Health. In early July, while digging through the fine print of a White House Web site, she found an arcane, brief notation that the Office of Management and Budget was reviewing a Labor Department plan to pretty much gut the toxic exposure limits that OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration instituted to protect workers. You can view it here

Since then a group consisting of 39 individuals have written a letter to the Department of Labor and requested an extended comment period. I love to see the experts and lettered individuals take it upon themselves to make sure the right thing is done.

As you all know the very ones who make the rules are trying to brake them by first sneaking a proposed rule in past the deadline, didn't announce the proposed rule and then gave us a shorter comment period. All of this so that it will be next to impossible for our government agencies to sanction any new regulations protecting workers and the surrounding communities.

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