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Colorado health officials discourage blood-testing for benzene

Colorado health officials want people living near oil and gas refineries to stop having their blood tested for cancer-causing benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), arguing that the best way to deal with the public health threat is to monitor the environment. Residents living near drilling sites in western Colorado have raised concerns about the fumes that the refineries emit and how they might affect their health. As a result, they have taken their health into their own hands, having their blood tested at laboratories. Marion Wells of Rulison said she has her blood tested regularly, and that her ... Read More

Colorado, Florida Tire Defect Plaintiffs Get Class Certification

Drivers in Colorado and Florida suing TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. over allegedly defective tires received state class certification for their complaints. Plaintiffs from Arizona, California, Colorado, and Florida filed a complaint in June 2017, alleging they all bought trailers fitted with TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. tires with defects that caused their treads to separate from their casings. The plaintiffs allege that the tire companies knew the tires were prone to tread separation but failed to disclose the defect to consumers. The drivers filed a motion for class certification on April 27, 2018. According to Law 360, ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Burn Injuries in Utah Gas Plant Explosion

Two workers suffered severe burns and other injuries when a natural gas compression facility in Eastern Utah exploded on the morning of July 28. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blast at the compression plant, located near the town of Cisco, Utah, about 50 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado. Lt. Beau Edic of the Lower Valley Fire Protection District told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that despite their burns and other significant injuries, the men “removed themselves” from the blast site and drove to I-70, where they were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter. One of the ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Woman blames fracking for high levels of benzene in son’s blood

A Denver woman appeared at the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meeting and asked them to explain why her 6-year-old son’s blood tested positive for toxic levels of cancer-causing chemicals. “If it isn’t the proximity of 158 wells that are within a one-mile radius of my home and my son’s school, then where would you say this level of exposure to this environmental carcinogen is coming from? Where?” she asked. Elizabeth Ewaskowitz was worried about her son’s health and wondered if the nearby fracking could be a risk to her young child. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at ... Read More

Cancer risk greater for people living near oil and gas wells

People who live within 500 feet of oil and gas wells face a lifetime excess cancer risk eight times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s threshold due to harmful air pollutants like benzene, according to a new study by the Colorado School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, used ambient air samples to estimate and compare risks for four residential areas. Populations within 500 feet of an oil and gas facility faced a cancer risk that exceeded 8.3 per 10,000. The EPA’s upper threshold for cancer risk is 1 in 10,000. “Our ... Read More

Tesla Settles Class Action Over ‘Dangerous’ Autopilot System

Owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars who alleged the Autopilot system in their vehicles was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous” have settled a class-action lawsuit with the California automaker. According to Reuters, Tesla agreed to allocate $5 million to a settlement fund that will partially compensate Model S and Model X owners who file a claim for the allegedly worthless feature. Owners of the vehicles claimed they spent an extra $5,000 to have their vehicles equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which the company claimed on its website would make driving safer with capabilities such as automated emergency ... Read More

FDA cracks down on kratom marketers, distributors

Three marketers and distributors of kratom products were slapped with warning letters by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for illegally selling the herbal supplement with unproven claims about its ability to help ease symptoms of opioid addiction and withdrawal. The companies – Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado; Kratom Spot of Irvine, California; and Revibe Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri – also claim that the controversial supplement can treat pain, lower blood pressure, treat cancer, and reduce neuron damage caused by strokes. “Despite our warnings that no kratom product is safe, we continue to find companies selling kratom and ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Nursing home employees report abuse – from residents

Pioneer Health Care Center is a nursing home and elderly living establishment located in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It provides residential services to its clients, which consist mainly of long-term care as well as mental health services. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for its failure to keep employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. According to the Denver Post, investigators learned nursing home residents “grabbed, kick, bit and punched at staff members,” causing injuries including “cuts and bruises” as well as sprains, bruising, and injuries to the head ... Read More