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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

New EPA rule allows new use of asbestos-containing products

A new rule under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) legally allows manufacturers in the U.S. to make construction-related products using the highly carcinogenic mineral asbestos. The agency’s Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) allows new products containing asbestos to be manufactured on a case-by-case basis. A new EPA report released in May details the agency’s new framework for evaluating the risk of substances. As a result, the EPA will no longer consider the effects or presence of substances like asbestos in the air, ground or water when it conducts risk assessments. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is both strong and ... Read More

FDA expands recall of blood pressure drugs due to cancer-causing impurity

The list of blood pressure drugs recalled because they may contain a cancer-causing impurity has been expanded to include nearly five dozen products from 12 different pharmaceutical companies. On July 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first announced a recall of certain valsartan tablets because they were found to contain a chemical known a N-nitrocodimethylamine (NDMA) in levels that exceeded those considered acceptable for public safety. The chemical, which is sometimes found in water supplies and food, is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen – something that can increase the risk of cancer ... Read More

Crane maker cited after three workers die in crane collapse

Shady Grove, Pennsylvania-based crane manufacturing company Manitowoc Co., was cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and faces penalties of $14,976, through its subsidiary Grove U.S. LLC, for a Feb. 2 crane collapse that killed three workers. An OSHA investigation determined that the company’s MLC300 crawler crane’s boom and luffing jib collapsed in 40 mph wind, killing Isaac Dean Notz, 38; Chris Robison, 49; and John Marcoux, 66. Two other workers were injured. The workplace safety agency said that Manitowoc Co. placed employee work facilities too close to the crane testing area, “where they were in danger of ... Read More

Fentanyl used in death row inmate execution in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska not only carried out its first execution in 21 years, it also was the first death sentence in the country to be carried out using the potent opioid fentanyl. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid and the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the United States, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is typically used to treat severe pain after surgery and chronic pain in patients who are physically tolerant to other opioids. Fentanyl misuse and abuse is a ... Read More

Analysts try to track steel mill’s pollutants

ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor steel mill along Lake Michigan about 20 miles southeast of Chicago is responsible for baking coal into high-carbon coke and processing iron ore for its blast furnaces in order to produce steel. The mill emitted nearly 18,000 pounds of toxic lead and 173,000 pounds of benzene in 2016, yet environmental regulators have no clue where those hazardous emissions are going after they are released into the air. The state of Illinois conducted an analysis of local wind patterns, which suggested the pollution could be blowing northward toward Chicago, or even southward toward Chesterton, Indiana. This summer, the ... Read More

FEMA chief addresses sexual harassment following investigation of agency’s HR director

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long sent all employees an email describing the seven-month-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations involving the agency’s former personnel chief and discussed measures he was taking to address the issue including mandatory training, new counseling services, and a new office to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. FEMA personnel chief Corey Coleman, who resigned from his post at the FEMA headquarters in June under allegations of sexual harassment, had been the source of complaints dating back to 2015. Coleman was a senior executive bringing in an annual salary of $177,150, and oversaw the ... Read More

OSHA panel considers roofing company’s excessive heat exposure fine

Mark Rainey’s first day on the job for A.H. Sturgill Roofing Inc., ended tragically when, after five hours working in direct sunlight under hot temperatures, the 60-year-old man developed heat stroke, was admitted to the hospital with a core body temperature of 105.4 degrees, and died 21 days later. Sturgill Roofing was fined $8,820, but the three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission could toss out that fine because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have specific regulations for heat. Not only does that make it harder to prove that the roofing company is at fault, it could ... Read More

CSX hit with several lawsuits over workplace hazards

CSX Transportation Inc., has been hit with a deluge of cancer-related lawsuits in the past year by employees who worked for the company as far back as early as 1969 through the 2000s. The latest lawsuit, filed by family members of a former CSX electrician, claims the company was negligent by failing to provide the worker with a respirator while working on and around trains. As a result, the electrician was exposed to dangerous chemicals that contributed to the development of his stomach cancer, the lawsuit claims. The family is suing for “loss of future benefits including a loss of ... Read More

Dump trucks tangle with power lines, causing outages

The upturned bed of a dump truck became ensnared in power lines and took down at least 15 utility poles, leaving more than 1,200 residents in the Rochester, New York suburb of Henrietta without power. The driver, Florida resident Mark Inguaggito, was cited for operating an over-height vehicle and having an inoperable warning light. The light would have let Inguaggito know that his truck bed was upright and the accident could have been prevented. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether distracted driving was at issue during the crash. If they find that the driver was on his cell phone ... Read More

AU alumni raise money for ocular research to search for environmental cause

The Auburn Ocular Melanoma Page on Facebook is raising money to help fund research into why a surprisingly large number of former Auburn University students have developed a rare form of cancer and whether it may have an environmental cause. “We are the faces of a group of more than 36 people whose only other connection was a love for Auburn University,” a July 27 posting by the administrator reads. “But this group is made up of an equal number of men and women – four of the 36 have died. That is devastating. Eight have had metastatic disease. This ... Read More