House passes dust bill

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In response to the February explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery outside Savannah that killed 13 workers, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at reducing dust-related accidents.

The bill would require the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue new industrial dust regulations within three months. It would also require industries to better train employees about dust risks and more thoroughly inspect, clean and ventilate their plants.

President Bush has said he would veto the bill if it passes in the Senate. White House and industry representatives say OSHA already has the regulatory authority to set new safety rules.

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