20 Years Ago: 5-5-93 — AFL-CIO report says law protects environment more than people. Max penalties: Worker death is 6 months; Environmental law is 15 years

EPA’s budget is 20 times OSHA’s. Permitted worker exposures are 1,000 times higher. Environmental violations are punished more.

The news report is below.

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WORKERS COUNT LESS THAN ENVIRONMENT?
May 5, 1993, Chemical Week

The AFL-CIO (Washington) says in a new report that law and public policy favor environmental protection over worker protection. The study finds that the Environmental Protection Agency budget is $ 7 billion, vs. $ 300 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for protecting 100 million workers and 6.5 million work sites; OSHA’s standards for carcinogenic substances permit up to 1,000 times greater risk to workers than EPA’s standards permit to the public; the maximum penalty for an OSHA violation leading to a worker’s death is six months in jail vs. 15 years for violation of an environmental law.

2 thoughts on “20 Years Ago: 5-5-93 — AFL-CIO report says law protects environment more than people. Max penalties: Worker death is 6 months; Environmental law is 15 years”

  1. “$ 300 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for protecting 100 million workers and 6.5 million work sites”

    Fascist propaganda. OSHA’s job is to harass employers.

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