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Egg farm cited for salmonella prevention violations

A warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. about serious violations of federal regulations intended to prevent Salmonella contamination in egg production was just made public. The violations were observed at the company’s Sulfur, Oklahoma, facility last October when company representatives were initially warned. The letter acknowledges an email response from the company, but deemed the response insufficient in addressing the agency’s concerns. Food Safety News summed up the violations as “related to fly control, rodents, evidence of wild birds and animals in poultry houses, sheep too near poultry houses and improper ... Read More

Nearly 320,000 Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled

An Olympia, Washington-based food production operation is recalling nearly 320,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made with contaminated water. The operation, Correctional Industries, supplies the Washington state Department of Corrections and various senior citizen nutritional programs. Groundwater testing at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base indicated Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) concentrations above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime Health Advisory (HA) levels, a press release issued by the Air Force base explained. The base tested samples from two wells that supply water to Airway Heights, which was the water supply used by Correctional Industries to make ... Read More

Residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over Flint Water Crisis

More than 1,700 Flint, Michigan, residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over the alleged mishandling of the city’s water crisis. Jan Burgess, individually and on behalf of 1,703 residents, sued the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan contending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is liable for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act due to negligence, specifically that the EPA failed to adhere to specific regulations and caused plaintiffs’ injuries, according to Lexis Legal News. In the suit, filed Jan. 30, the plaintiffs maintain the EPA failed to take mandatory steps, including ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

Radioactive waste packed in unstable mixture has nuclear sites on high alert

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Federal officials are scrambling to contain hundreds of barrels of radioactive nuclear waste at two sites in New Mexico and one site in Texas after discovering that they were packed in a potentially explosive mixture of cellulose from wheat-based organic kitty litter and nitrate salts. Investigators suspect that the combination of the two compounds is to blame for blowing the lid off a drum of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, N.M., in February, causing a radioactive leak that contaminated 22 workers and the surrounding land. On May 20, the ... Read More

Duke Energy agrees to coal ash spill cleanup plan with federal officials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it and Duke Energy of North Carolina agreed on a plan to clean up the energy company’s massive coal ash spill that flooded the Dan River with about 40,000 tons of toxic coal waste February 2. According to the terms of the agreement, the EPA will supervise Duke Energy’s spill cleanup efforts. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and federal wildlife officials will also provide input and consultation. Duke is required to reimburse the EPA for all costs the agency incurs in ... Read More

EPA human test subjects were not always told of cancer, death risks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being strongly encouraged to overhaul its guidelines for human test subjects after an investigation found that many of the people signed up to test the impact of pollutants for the agency were not always told about the risks of heavy exposure, which include cancer and death. Federal law allows the EPA to perform human testing in an effort to regulate potentially harmful pollutants. In a review of five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011, the EPA inspector general determined that, for the most part, the agency “followed applicable regulations” when it exposed 81 test ... Read More

Workers at New Mexico nuclear waste facility test positive for radioactive contamination

Thirteen employees of a New Mexico nuclear waste dump who were at work when a radioactive leak was detected Feb. 14 have tested positive for radiation contamination. The workers, employees of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Southeastern New Mexico, were tested as a precautionary measure after the “radiological event” occurred and air monitors in the area began registering radioactive particles on Feb. 15. WIPP’s Radiological Control Program collected biological samples from each of the employees present at the site during the leak.  A part of the testing called a bioassay, used to determine whether radioactive contamination from outside ... Read More

New Mexico nuclear waste dump remains closed amid radiation leaks

CARLSBAD, N.M.–U.S. regulators say that radiation leaking from a nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico does not pose a threat to human health and safety, but so far officials have been unable to determine the source of the leak. Radioactive isotopes have been detected in the air a half-mile from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site near Carlsbad, N.M., and an official from New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center confirmed that amounts of plutonium and americium have been found in an air filter monitor in an area northwest of the WIPP. The U.S Department ... Read More

ExxonMobil’s Arkansas oil spill trial set for June 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial in June to face pollution charges stemming from its March 29 oil spill that left an Arkansas community swamped in highly toxic tar sands crude. U.S. District Judge James Moody’s proposed schedule calls for the trial to start during the week of June 16. ExxonMobil faces a joint lawsuit filed by federal and Arkansas authorities seeking damages for its alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act, the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, and other federal and state anti-pollution statutes. Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, a 70-year-old pipe that moves refined Canadian tar sands ... Read More