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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not...

Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet...

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail...

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Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.

Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Lawsuit Claims High Levels of Arsenic in Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. 

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say a proposed excise tax in Kansas would harm the industry and put some plants out of business 

More States Targeting Microbeads

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances, the agencies announced Monday.

Report: Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of 2010 Explosion

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal investigators this week attributed a July 2010 Pennsylvania zinc refinery explosion to drainage problems and suggested workers overlooked several warning signs leading up to the disaster.

House to Vote on EPA Research Guidelines

March 16, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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