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U.S. Labor Department deems Arizona non-compliant with coronavirus standards

Calls out South Carolina and Utah as well

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY/AP) - President Joe Biden's administration has threatened to step in and revoke Arizona's ability to regulate its own workplace safety standards.

Federal regulators also sent this warning to South Carolina and Utah.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all three states have refused to adopt rules fully protecting health care workers from COVID-19.

OSHA officials preparing to adopt vaccination and testing rules which would affect 80 million Americans say: if the states won't do it themselves, it's the federal government's job to intervene.

Arizona, South Carolina and Utah must enforce labor standards that are at least as good as those adopted by the federal government in order to order federal intervention.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey called the move, "Nothing short of a political stunt and desperate power grab."

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