Health: Can Silence Be Deadly?

Nearly 250,000 workers are being exposed to toxic chemicals that could cause cancer, heart problems and lung disease, according to studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Early detection of the ailments could prevent serious disability or death. The Centers for Disease Control asked for $4 million in the 1985 budget to notify vulnerable workers. But according to Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, the Reagan Administration rejected that request. In a letter to the President last week, Nader and Wolfe wrote, "The lame excuse offered in...

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