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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 11:55 am | by Chris Fox, Manufacturing.net, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in.         

Company Recalls Floor Mats for GM Trucks

October 8, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal.                   

EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit

October 7, 2014 2:18 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer.     

Hundreds Attend Meeting on Bridging U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Systems

October 7, 2014 10:07 am | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.                          

Chrysler Recalls Commercial Vans

October 7, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 21,470 full-size commercial vans in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the headrests.                                       

Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                                   

Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 3:31 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.               

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Increases to 23

September 30, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals on Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. Of those, 23 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments, up from 21 last week.

Toyota Recalls 690K Pickups

September 30, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.                               

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 29, 2014 9:50 am | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 

Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 29, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.                 

Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From the Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast and attract foreign investors, a challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines.

Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars

September 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.                                     

Chrysler Recalls Vehicles To Fix Ignition Switches

September 26, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.                                   

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.            

Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall, but a safety advocate claims this is not enough.               

Peanut Butter Prompts M&M's Recall

September 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M'S Brand Theater Box as it may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.           

GM Experts Now Reporting 21 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

September 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.                                         

Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

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