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Environmental brief ~ OSHA sets new hexavalent chromium limits

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) [official website] has issued [press release] a new rule that lowers the acceptable level of hexavalent chromium [OSHA backgrounder] that can be present in a workplace. Previously, the acceptable level was 52 micrograms per cubic meter of air, per a rule originally issued in 1971. Under the new rule [PDF text, regulatory text], the allowable limit is now 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Hexavalent chromium exposure occurs most often to welders, steelworkers and jewelers, and is linked to lung cancer. AP has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • The Royal Dutch Shell Company [corporate website] has appealed [press release] a ruling by the Nigerian federal high court in Port Harcourt that found the company must pay $1.5 billion to local Ijaw [Wikipedia profile] aboriginal communities for alleged environmental damage. Shell maintains that there is no evidence to support the pollution claims. AFP has more.

  • The New Jersey Assembly Committee on Environment and Solid Waste [official website] approved a bill [text] Monday that would eliminate the statute of limitations for certain environmental crimes. Currently the statute of limitations is 10 years from the date of discovery. The Gloucester County Times has more.

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