September 25, 2017 / 12:29 PM / a year ago

D.C. Circuit to hear argument in industry's challenge to OSHA's silica rule

Business groups on Tuesday will urge a federal appeals court to strike down an Obama-era rule designed to protect more than 2 million workers from exposure to silica dust, a deadly carcinogen found in construction, fracking and other industries.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has scheduled 90 minutes of oral argument – roughly three times the typical length – to give eight lawyers the chance to debate whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration offered sufficient evidence to justify the rule.

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