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Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 2:34 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a Thursday morning conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood. 

GM to Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers. 

Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" when hiring experienced employees. 

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California Car Battery Recycler To Close in Deal with Feds

March 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A battery recycling plant that violated hazardous waste laws and spewed toxic emissions for decades on the outskirts of Los Angeles will close and spend $50 million to clean the site and surrounding neighborhoods, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely to Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Allegations of improper water disposal and lax regulatory oversight have plagued California's oil industry in recent weeks. But unlike New York, the Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 11, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 11, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More for Pollution Control

March 10, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. 

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company that can’t seem to catch a break in the past couple of weeks.

Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and personal protection equipment (PPE) isn’t laughable when thousands of people are blinded, injured, or killed each year from accidents that could have been prevented or minimized if appropriate PPE had been used.

Photo of the Day: Another Target of Stricter EPA Regulations

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The 'Photo of the Day' shows the subject of stricter EPA regulations as a result of health and pollution risks. 

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Senator Asks for Federal Investigation of Lumber Liquidators

March 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators following a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

Top Senate Republican Tells States to Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. 

Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

Photo of the the Day: New Regulations for French Manufacturers

March 2, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

IMPO's Photo of the Day features products that will be subject to new regulations in France. 

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety on Television Interview

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

​President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history.

FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the internet. 

Report: Federal Agencies Issued Record Fines in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:51 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A pair of federal regulatory agencies each levied record fines – particularly against auto companies – in 2014, according to a recent report on recall activity during the year.

EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 25, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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