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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ethanol advocates marked April Fools' Day by facetiously urging Congress to overhaul the nation's Renewable Fuel standard.

Gun Suppressor Industry Experiences Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Recently, manufacturers of firearm suppressors are seeing increased demand for their products. 

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections. 

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously on IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tech industry representatives and business leaders last week encouraged Congress to use caution when attempting to address privacy concerns in the Internet of Things. 

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University. 

Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Lawsuit Claims High Levels of Arsenic in Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. 

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say a proposed excise tax in Kansas would harm the industry and put some plants out of business 

More States Targeting Microbeads

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances, the agencies announced Monday.

Report: Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of 2010 Explosion

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal investigators this week attributed a July 2010 Pennsylvania zinc refinery explosion to drainage problems and suggested workers overlooked several warning signs leading up to the disaster.

House to Vote on EPA Research Guidelines

March 16, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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