Business: Expensive Dustup

Jimmy Carter has often promised that he would cut down on the Mickey Mouse regulations that inflate production costs, but in the first major test last week, he caved in to the regulators.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration insisted that textile plants install elaborate ventilation and dust-control systems to reduce cotton dust, which causes brown lung, an occupational asthma that afflicts from 2,300 (by industry estimate) to 35,000 (by OSHA estimate) of the nation's 233,000 cotton textile workers. But the Council on Wage and Price Stability calculated that the bill for the...

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