Thorne G. Auchter

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Thorne Auchter is the former Director of the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) from 1981 to 1984, during the early part of the Reagan Administration, [1] [2] [3] replacing former President Jimmy Carter's appointee Eula Bingham. [4] He is also the former director of the American lobbying group Federal Focus' Institute for Regulatory Policy. [5]

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In 1994, Auchter testified to OSHA's Public Meeting on Standards Planning Process on the safety of secondhand smoke. [3]

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