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2 groups seek to lower beryllium exposure limit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A U.S. consumer group and a labor union Monday made a Labor Day appeal to the government to protect workers' health by lowering the permissible exposure to beryllium, a metal linked to a fatal lung disease.

Beryllium is commonly used in the manufacture of sporting goods, dental equipment and airplane parts.Workers can inhale beryllium fumes or dust during manufacturing, and exposure can lead to chronic beryllium disease, a lung condition with symptoms of weakness, fatigue and respiratory or heart failure.

Consumer group Public Citizen and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union petitioned the government to lower the permissible exposure limit to beryllium from 2 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter.