Industry pans EPA's cost estimate of tighter silica rules

09/5/2013 | Bloomberg BNA (free content)

Industry firms are raising concerns about the cost of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed rule on the permissible exposure limit for silica. OSHA estimates the cost at $637 million per year, or about $1,242 per workplace, but these figures are questionable and it's surprising, "given the [OMB] delay, there wasn't an improved cost estimate," said Henry Chajet, a lawyer representing employers. The American Chemistry Council in 2011 estimated $5.1 billion in annual costs related to the rule.

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