The government will protect you?

“Beryllium’s Public relations problem” may look a bit unappetizing to swill down with your espresso, but even if you don’t know or care what beryllium is used for, a glance at this report will give you a painful peek at how government has weighed worker safety against industry’s needs, especially when it come to building nuclear weapons. It also will show you a little about how government often plays a numbers game when determining how much or little of an exposure to a substance is harmful.

The authors, David Michaels and Celeste Monforton, are with the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington Universsity. Both Monforton and Michaels held senior positions with the federal government and during their tenures, both received White House for their efforts on worker and environmental health issues.

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