Manufacturers to Fight Fundamentally Flawed Silica Rule

Regulation Threatens Entire Manufacturing Economy

Washington, D.C., April 4, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement after the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) announced its challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final silica rule. The MCLA joins the American Foundry Society and filed a petition through our local Texas chapters to fight the newly announced rule that will severely stunt the economy and burden manufacturers:

“In the span of less than a week, manufacturers have been saddled with two federal regulations that threaten the manufacturing economy and will fundamentally change the workplace.

“This regulation raises serious and significant legal questions, lacks economic and technical feasibility and justification and will cost billions. Relying on incredibly out-of-date data, this rule places undue burdens and irreparable harm on manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized businesses, some of which could be forced to shut their doors. Manufacturers are and have always been committed to safe workplaces, and we take pride in continuing to find ways to improve the work environment, but this unnecessary regulation is not the solution.”

The MCLA serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts, representing the more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The MCLA strategically engages in litigation as a direct party, intervenes in litigation important to our manufacturers and weighs in as amicus curiae on important cases. To learn more about the MCLA, visit our website.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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