3rd Circuit hears OSHA case on carcinogen exposure

November 21, 2008 1:22:29 PM PST
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia is being asked to review the amount of exposure workers face to a known carcinogen. The advocacy group Public Citizen argued Friday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lets companies expose workers to levels of hexavalent (HECKS'-uh-vale-ent) chromium known to cause a significant risk of lung cancer.

An OSHA lawyer says the agency has already cut the allowable limit by more than 90 percent. OSHA says that further reductions would bring at best only minimal benefits.

The three-judge panel hearing the case includes retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O'Connor is visiting the 3rd Circuit and hearing cases this week.

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