What's with This Whole Thing about 'Political Appointees?'
U.S. Rushes to Change Workplace Toxin Rules
By Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, July 23, 2008; A01
Political appointees at the Department of Labor are moving with unusual speed to push through in the final months of the Bush administration a rule making it tougher to regulate workers' on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.
The agency did not disclose the proposal, as required, in public notices of regulatory plans that it filed in December and May. Instead, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's intention to push for the rule first surfaced on July 7, when the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted on its Web site that it was reviewing the proposal, identified only by its nine-word title.
. . . The department's speed in trying to make the regulatory change contrasts with its reluctance to alter workplace safety rules over the past 7 1/2 years.
In that time, the department adopted only one major health rule for a chemical in the workplace, and i…