New Silica Exposure Standard Likely To Impact Fracking

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 23, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a news release stating it is proposing a new rule reducing exposure limits for silica aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis and other diseases.

The permissible exposure levels under the new rule would be cut 50 percent, from 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms. According to OSHA, it currently enforces 40-year-old permissible exposure limits for silica that are outdated and do not adequately protect worker health. OSHA estimates that the proposed...
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