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Company In W.Va. Spill Moving Chemicals To Pa.

February 5, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Freedom Industries is expected to move 3,500 gallons of crude MCHM from its Nitro, W.Va., facility to a coal facility in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The Department of Environmental Protection warned that it could mean unsavory licorice smells for neighbors.

Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although there was disagreement on some of the specifics, Democrats and Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee agreed that the federal government needs to do more to protect the water supply from toxic chemicals.   

Groups: Meat Labeling Rules Could Start Trade War

February 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Previous labeling rules required only the country of origin to be noted, such as "Product of U.S." or "Product of U.S. and Canada." New rules require that labels for steaks, ribs, and other cuts of meat include clear information about where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.

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Irwindale Spicing Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, tells City News Service that the small industrial city east of Los Angeles will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant.         

Global Watchdog Says Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

January 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The results are an indictment of the auto industry in India, which lacks adequate safety standards, said David Ward, head of the London car-safety watchdog Global NCAP, which performed the crash tests. India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

NY State Audit Finds Food Inspections Lagging

January 31, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries, and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday.          

FDA Proposes Rules For Safe Transport Of Foods

January 31, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rules announced Friday are part of a sweeping food safety law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. They would require many larger companies that ship, hold, and otherwise transport food by roads or rail to prevent contamination as the food is moved.

Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

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Latest OSHA Safety Sign Standard

January 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Under OSHA’s revised signage standards for general industry and construction, published November 6, 2013, organizations can now use either the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard from 1967-1968 or from 2011 for safety signage.

Toyota Tells Dealers To Stop Selling 6 Models

January 30, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't meet flammability standards. No fires or injuries have been reported, but Toyota can't legally sell cars that don't comply with U.S. safety codes.

MSHA Issues 135 Citations At Mines In December

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines. MSHA issued seven orders and six citations at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County.     

Ethanol Industry Set To Fight EPA On Blend Rule

January 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials promised Tuesday a long fight against moves by federal regulators to cut the amount of biofuels blended into the nation's gasoline.                           

W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

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FDA Says It Is Studying Caramel Coloring In Soda

January 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency's announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel coloring at low levels during the manufacturing process — in 12 brands of soda from five manufacturers.

Feds: Va. State Workers Discussed As Test Subjects

January 22, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal indictment says officials at dietary supplement maker Star Scientific Inc., which is central to a gift scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell, discussed using Virginia state employees as test subjects for one of their products.   

Proposed Novelty Lighter Ban Sparks Neb. Debate

January 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would prevent Nebraska retailers from selling the lighters, some of which resemble animals, tractors, blower dryers, and cameras and which sometimes make noise. Firefighting groups say the lighters are more likely to catch a child's eye, while opponents question whether they pose a greater threat than regular lighters or candles.

AP: New Regs Sought For Child Car Seats

January 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti, of Katy, Texas, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Barry Massey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.            

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

January 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Topping the list are plans to analyze the risks of oil trains that in recent years began passing regularly through major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The results could be used to alter some routes, government officials said. 

Calif. Sued Over New Flame Retardant Regulations

January 17, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company is suing California to overturn new flammability standards for furniture and other products that allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants. Chemtura Corp. filed its suit Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying the state's new rules weaken fire safety standards.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

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