The Obama administration seems determined to refight the lost battles of the Clinton administration (Hillarycare, Kyoto), so it should come as no surprise that they’ve appointed a safety zealot as head of OSHA, whence came the ill-fated ergonomics regulations, if memory serves.
The nominee, David Michaels, is rabidly opposed to the industrial chemical BPA, about which Mark Hemingway wrote recently. It should be noted that, as a recent STATS analysis found, BPA isn’t anywhere near the problem junk-science advocates make it out to be. Expect an all-out blitz against BPA from OSHA at some point, and expect silence from the “war on science” guys even as the battle rages.
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