D.C. Circuit Rejects Industry Challenges to Silica Rule

Dec. 22, 2017, 5:17 PMUpdated: Dec. 22, 2017, 8:59 PM

An OSHA rule designed to limit workers’ exposure to silica dust was mostly upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, handing a win to union and worker groups.

The court rejected all of the industry groups’ challenges to the rule Dec. 22. The industry groups asked for a review of the rule, claiming it was too stringent, while several union groups argued that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration didn’t make the rule strong enough.

Unions and worker advocacy groups hailed the decision.

“This will protect millions of workers from disabling disease and ...

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