The House of Representatives passed a bill today that would require OSHA to limit workers’ exposure to diacetyl, the recently popularized butter-flavored chemical used in microwave popcorn and the suspected source of dreaded “popcorn lung.” The White House has threatened to veto any regulation sent its way, and some House Republicans agree. Said Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina, “Fundamentally, the science does not exist to state the link between diacetyl and impaired lung function.” [Reuters]

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  1. Morgan says:

    I propose that “popcorn lung” be refered to as “white lung” or, possibly, “off-white lung.”

  2. TedOnion says:

    I for one am glad that we are protecting workers against a possible hazard. If the science comes in and there is no risk then we can stop the precautions but we can not go back in time and undo the damage done while waiting for studies to complete.

  3. UpsetPanda says:

    Though if they go ahead and take the precautions, “undo the damage” and it turns out that diacetyl isn’t the cause of popcorn lung, then there will be an outcry of taxpayer dollars wasted. Either way, someone is griping.

  4. bohemian says:

    I think the workers that have had their lungs turned to unfunctioning toast might disagree with Mr. Wilson.

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    I propose that vats of the stuff are waifted into the Oval Office and every heroic Republican Congressman’s office that thinks more study is needed. We’ll check in on them in 12 months to see how everything’s going.