US UpdatePublished by MAC on 2006-02-24
24th February 2006
Next week,after years of failure to update its classification of hexavalent chromium as carcinogenic (cancer inducing), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will introduce new rules.
However, a study just released shows that the chromium industry deliberately
concealed and manipulated medical evidence, in order to prevent exposure standards for the poentially deadly metal being raised.
A new term has been coined in western Wyoming: "Biostitutes" are wildlife biologists whose independence, and capacity to stop harmful gas exploitation, is allegedly being compromised by the US Bureau of Land Management.
Wyoming is the US' third biggest source and producer of coal, where the biggest single miner is Rio Tinto/Kennecott; the UK company is also a major driller of coal bed methane gas.