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Toyota Recalls 803K Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

October 18, 2013 12:45 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Toyota says water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.

Chevron Halts Shale Gas Search After Protests

October 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.                  

Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the lawyers singled out in an investigation of alleged misconduct in the settlement program for victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill is questioning the chief investigator's impartiality.          

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Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

Deal Reached To Avoid Default And Open Government

October 16, 2013 3:17 pm | News | Comments

While the emerging deal could well meet resistance from conservatives in the Republican-controlled House, the Democratic Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, has signaled she will support the plan and her rank and file is expected to vote for it in overwhelming numbers.

High Court Will Review EPA Global Warming Rules

October 15, 2013 1:38 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants.         

Jury Finds BP Negligent In Texas Emissions Event

October 11, 2013 1:36 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages. Most jurors say there wasn't enough evidence to link the pollution to illnesses.              

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For Safety Lapses

October 10, 2013 1:35 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing $118,300 in fines for two dozen serious safety violations, including a failure to have an emergency response plan, federal officials said Thursday.

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Auto Recalls On Hold During Gov't Shutdown

October 10, 2013 1:32 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said.             

Shutdown Means No New Beer From Craft Brewers

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tthe shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.             

Wyo. Coal-Fired Plants Top EPA New-Plant CO2 Limit

October 7, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The standards recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require new coal-fired plants to exceed no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour.           

Changes In Chemical Management Part 3: Best Practices & Technology

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

In order to appreciate where we are today, it’s helpful to understand the evolution of chemical compliance. Prior to 1970, chemical management was nearly non-existent. Then came OSHA and the EPA, setting the United States on a path toward greater workplace safety and environmental conscientiousness.

Third Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosives recycling company employee is expected to plead guilty this month in the investigation into the handling of millions of pounds of military propellant blamed for the evacuation of a Louisiana town, a district attorney said Thursday.

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UK Charges 6 With Multimillion Dollar Carbon Fraud

October 2, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government millions of dollars. The Crown Prosecution Service says the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide in return for money paid to companies that fight climate change.

BP Executive Defends Spill Response Tactics

October 2, 2013 10:00 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP executive who led the company's efforts to halt its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico testified Tuesday that his decisions were guided by the principle that they shouldn't do anything that could make the crisis even worse. James Dupree, BP's first witness for the second phase of a trial over the deadly disaster, said his teams worked simultaneously on several strategies for killing the well that blew out in April 2010.

Toyota Acceleration Trial Draws To A Close

October 1, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday to determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.  

NC Man Gets 7 Years For Selling Fake Airbags

October 1, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Union County man accused of selling thousands of counterfeit airbags has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Prosecutors say Igor Borodin sold more than 7,000 airbags on eBay that he obtained from Chinese manufacturers. Borodin, 27, pleaded guilty last October to trafficking in counterfeit airbags and delivering hazardous materials for air transportation.

Bozeman Company Cited For Safety Violations

October 1, 2013 10:17 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Bozeman company that produces brass casings for ammunition manufacturers and individuals who load their own ammunition faces a possible $45,500 fine for failing to protect its employees from lead exposure, federal workplace safety regulators said Monday.

Prosecutor: Greed Led To Deadly NH Plant Explosion

September 30, 2013 2:22 pm | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant where two workers were killed in a May 2010 explosion was motivated by profit and greed and did not take adequate precautions to ensure employee safety, a prosecutor said in his opening argument as the trial began Monday for the Vermont man authorities blame for the fatal blast.

Judge Hears Claims BP Lied To U.S. About Oil Spill

September 30, 2013 2:20 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trial over BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resumed Monday with a judge hearing claims that the company lied to federal officials and withheld information about the amount of crude spewing from its blown-out well. The focus of this second phase of the trial is on the company's response to the disaster, and billions of dollars are at stake because the two sides disagree over how much oil spewed into the Gulf in 2010.

Trial Set For VT Owner Of NH Gunpowder Plant

September 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gun powder plant where two workers died in a 2010 explosion will argue in court that he cannot be guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide because he was at a gun show in North Carolina when the fatal explosion occurred. The trial of 64-year-old Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., starts Monday in Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.

Stand Out With Excellent On-Site Safety

September 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Konecranes | Articles | Comments

Though the foregoing examples focus primarily on how a strong safety culture can impress and reassure customers, the chief impetus behind building a strong safety culture is to protect a company’s most valuable asset: its employees.      

Changes In Chemical Management Part 2: GHS Training Deadline Is Now!

September 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline | Articles | Comments

Some might question why OSHA wants employees trained on the changes a year and half before chemical manufacturers and distributors have to make them, and the answer is because OSHA wants employees familiar with new label elements and the new safety data sheet format before they encounter them in the workplace. 

Japan Car Parts Makers In Price-Fixing Plea

September 26, 2013 2:29 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Violence Continues Over Pay Hikes In Bangladesh

September 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business. Police said the violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka. 

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