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Commentary: Policies that reduce regulation of dangerous industries in Georgia & USA have increased health & safety risks

Author: Newsweek, Published on: 23 September 2019

"Arsenic and lead in tap water: What Trump's deregulation crusade really means for mining communities", 16 September 2019

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised that he'd shake up the economy to benefit "the forgotten man." But his economic policies have included deregulation in ways that can harm the very people he promised to help. The repeal on September 12 of a major clean water regulation is only the latest example. As human rights advocates working in a number of countries, including the U.S., we have seen how policies that reduce regulation of dangerous industries can increase health and safety risks for workers and communities, while offering them little in return...[I]n one recent study In the coalfields of Appalachia, we examined how deregulation left communities exposed to the health risks of coal mining pollution. And in another, in the Eastern European country of Georgia, we found that unsafe practices contributed to a rise in mining accidents and deaths after labor and safety laws were gutted.

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