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Government Seeks New Limits on Silica Dust

Federal regulators are proposing a long-awaited rule that would dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust. Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say the new limits would save nearly 700 lives each year and prevent thousands of illnesses, …

MSHA Skirted Questions on Methane at West Virginia Mine

Newly disclosed records show U.S. Labor Department officials stopped independent investigators from questioning how federal regulators handled methane leaks from the floor of the Upper Big Branch mine several times before last year’s disaster. In April 2010, 29 men died …