Year: 2014

Asbestos: Past risk or future threat?

Asbestos: Past risk or future threat? Most people never think or worry about asbestos. Once deemed a miracle fiber, the substance’s use was largely eradicated after OSHA came into existence. What many don’t realize is the lasting effects of the carcinogen. At one time before the dangers were realized, asbestos appeared in a variety of manufactured […]

GM’s issues aren’t in the rearview mirror just yet

GM’s issues aren’t in the rearview mirror just yet General Motors’ year began like any other, but everything changed in February when GM announced an initial recall of more than one million vehicles for a faulty ignition switch responsible for the deaths of 12 people. Soon the count increased to 2.6 million connected to the defective detent […]

New side effect discovered in controversial fracking practice

New side effect discovered in controversial fracking practice Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, isn’t without notoriety. The practice is riddled with objections and complaints from those affected. Communities near wells experience chemical exposures and contaminated water supplies, among other risks. Amidst all the negative publicity, a new threat emerged following a study by the National Institute […]

Recent rulings discipline careless asbestos handling

Recent rulings discipline careless asbestos handling Three recent verdicts represent the lack of care still associated with asbestos removal. In each case, the defendants either performed botched removal jobs or exposed workers to the deadly fibers without proper protection. During the demolition of a vacant public housing facility in Buffalo, New York, two city inspectors […]

Apple finally ends benzene use in factories

Apple finally ends benzene use in factories After months of petitions and investigations, Apple decided to pull the use of benzene from its production. Attention to the issue first came this March when groups began protesting after reports of Chinese workers falling ill. Many companies, including Samsung and Apple, use benzene in production of their products and in […]

Texas communities fight back against benzene emissions

Texas communities fight back against benzene emissions Oil refineries bring economic growth to the areas they inhabit, but residents question whether the boom is worth the price. For those living along the 54-mile stretch of coast between Galveston and Houston, the health risks currently outshine the benefits. This area is lined with city-like refineries and […]

General Motors to open compensation fund tomorrow

General Motors to open compensation fund tomorrow Friday, August 1, marks the first day victims of the ignition switch defect plaguing almost three million General Motors’ vehicles can apply for compensation. The fund, developed by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, is designed to award different amounts based on the severity of the accidents, injuries obtained and if a death occurred. […]

PA fracking damaged water supplies more than 200 times in six years

PA fracking damaged water supplies more than 200 times in six years After years of withholding information, the Department of Environmental Protection released a spreadsheet outlining where oil and gas negatively affected water supplies in Pennsylvania communities. The damaged supplies mark a small percentage compared to the amount of oil and gas wells drilled since […]

GM issues 60th recall and acknowledges more death claims

GM issues 60th recall and acknowledges more death claims After three weeks without any recalls, General Motors (GM) broke its silence and announced six new recalls totaling approximately 718,000 vehicles. The defects range from power steering to broken screws in the front seats, with two accidents and three injuries attributed to the various problems. This […]

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