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Baby's Dream Recalls Cribs and Furniture Due to Excessive Lead

May 8, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Baby's Dream Inc. is recalling about 4,600 cribs and assorted pieces of furniture because they contain excessive levels of lead paint, which can cause nervous system damage and delayed development if ingested.

Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sales of Chinese-Made Flooring

May 7, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators has suspended the sale of all laminate flooring made in China a week after disclosing that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the specialty retailer in an investigation over imported products.

Texas Legislature Acts to Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 6, 2015 10:19 am | by Will Weissert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas moved to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries. 


USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit to Consumers

May 6, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.

U.S. Reopens Investigation Into Jeep, Dodge Sun Visors

May 5, 2015 2:13 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair.

Report: EPA to Ease Testing Requirements in Formaldehyde Rule

May 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators are reportedly set to ease testing requirements as part of long-awaited restrictions on formeldahyde.

Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.


Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions from Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated. 

SC Watchdog Questions Agency, Nonprofit Spending on Wetland

April 29, 2015 4:20 pm | by Susanne Schafer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State auditors faulted the South Carolina Commerce Department for setting up a nonprofit organization with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League to disperse $5 million to offset the destruction of wetlands at what is now Boeing's manufacturing site near Charleston.

California Touts Aggressive Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under an ambitious plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 


Justice Department Seeks Charges Against Lumber Liquidators

April 29, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators said Wednesday that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the Virginia-based company over its imported laminate flooring.

Applied Materials' Tokyo Electron Deal Ends in DOJ Roadblock

April 28, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Applied Materials has called off its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Ltd. after hitting a regulatory roadblock.

Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 10:34 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.

Safety Agency Seeks Ideas on Getting More Recall Fixes Done

April 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers Tuesday to search for solutions.

Where Are You on the Path to OSHA Hazcom 2012 Compliance?

April 24, 2015 10:33 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Hazard communication was OSHA’s second most violated standard of 2014, and is routinely in the top five. Facilities continue to fall behind the curve, potentially facing thousands in fines and jeopardizing the safety of their workforce, or show “good faith efforts,” effectively sidestepping citations.

The Real Cost of General Motors' Recalls

April 23, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Issues surrounding General Motors Co.'s recall of 36 million vehicles worldwide last year for safety issues continue to haunt the company. Here are by-the-numbers details of the recall problems. 

The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 2:24 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA will be the most expensive regulation of all time. 

Texas One Step Closer to Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Texas House late last week approved legislation that would pre-empt local government restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

U.S. Business Group in China Urges More Transparency

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

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