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Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

Porsche Tells 911 GT3 Owners To Stop Driving Them

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership for inspection.       

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N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.              

Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.            

Federal Inspectors Shut Down Calif. Meat Producer

February 19, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Tuesday that it withdrew inspectors and suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, about 30 miles south of Fresno, over the conditions.  

Obama Orders New Fuel Standards For Trucks

February 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is ordering a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016. He is highlighting improvements already undertaken by companies such as Safeway to cut back on gasoline costs for their fleet of trucks.

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California Bill Seeks Warnings On Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2014 9:52 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

Report: Majority Of Americans Want More Food Safety Oversight

February 12, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

Food recall announcements have become something of a news cycle staple in the past few years. From spinach and peanut butter to chicken and pet foods, there seems to be little left in the U.S. food supply that should not be viewed with at least a modicum of suspicion.

Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

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U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

FDA Reconsiders Heart Safety Of Common Pain Pills

February 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The key question is whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Bayer's Aleve and many other generic pain pills — carries a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil by Pfizer and Motrin by Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

Idaho Dairies Seek To Stop Activists From Filming

February 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The legislation, backed by some of the nation's largest milk producers, would put people who surreptitiously film their operations in jail for up to a year and slap them with a $5,000 fine. The measure follows Utah and Missouri, states that have already enacted so-called "ag gag laws."          

Cargill Adds 'Textured Beef' Wording To Labels

February 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime."               

Ind. Company Taking Lead In Side-Impact Crashes

February 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Michelle Sokol, The Republic | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.

Senator: U.S. Coal Sales Might Have Cost Taxpayers

February 5, 2014 2:20 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more in lost revenue, a senator said Tuesday.                         

Trustees: GE Misleads In Hudson Dredge Report

February 5, 2014 1:55 pm | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal trustees who will assess General Electric's liability for harm done to the Hudson River's natural resources accused the company Monday of being misleading in a report that found no need to voluntarily expand dredging.        

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.

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.         

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