Texas Gov. Rick Perry Files Letter Against OSHA’s Silica Rule Proposal
March 18, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez March 17 expressing his concerns about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to tighten the exposure limits for crystalline silica.
In his letter, Perry points out the silica proposal will cost industry $5 billion, and scientific evidence shows the danger of silica already has drastically declined with current controls in place. OSHA has pushed its proposal forward without proof the mandates are achievable or will guarantee measurable improvements to employee health and safety. “Revamping a system that already works is nothing more than blatant, intentional federal overreach,” Perry wrote.
Public hearings on the proposed silica regulations began today, March 18, in Washington, D.C., and are expected to last for several weeks. Several metalcasting facility owners, AFS staff, and outside consultants will be providing testimony at the hearings. AFS also will be filing post-hearing comments following the public hearings. In the meantime, AFS is reaching out to members of Congress and educating them and their staff about the devastating impact OSHA’s proposal will have on metalcasting facilities.