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The science on benzene keeps getting scarier. Industry remains in denial

The federal government has struggled to control the carcinogen, which threatens workers and residents who are exposed to it. Users and manufacturers have gone to extremes to argue that it’s dangerous only in high doses, hiding data and spending millions on questionable studies.
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Migrant workers toil in perilous heat to prepare for Cop28 climate talks in UAE

Report highlights evidence of workers from Africa and Asia labouring in 42C heat in Dubai to build conference facilities.

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Birth of an OSHA policy

With terrorism in mind, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration created a policy to oversee companies that clean up and build anew after disasters. Decades later, it’s failing to protect workers who respond to climate-fueled catastrophes.

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Advocates urge Congress to update black lung program

The Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act would increase monthly benefits for retired miners and ensure miners’ access to legal representation.
In 'Raw Deal,' a reporter reveals the dirty underbelly of the meat industry

In 'Raw Deal,' a reporter reveals the dirty underbelly of the meat industry

The ‘billionaire beat’ reporter for Forbes talks about her new book, why she thinks consumers should be paying more attention to meat industry consolidation, and the starting points for systemic change.
It’s been decades since toxic dust rules for mines have improved. Lawmakers are taking notice

It’s been decades since toxic dust rules for mines have improved. Lawmakers are taking notice

Black lung has surged in Appalachia in recent years. Research has tied the epidemic to silica dust, which can burrow deep into miners’ lungs.
Biogas expansion may compound worker risks

Biogas expansion may compound worker risks

Government incentives are driving larger, more crowded CAFOs—while protections for the workers inside lag behind.
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