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3M Water Pollution Pushes Alabama Water Utility to Seek State Loan

A north Alabama water utility still grappling with perfluorinated chemical pollution allegedly caused by the 3M plant in Decatur is asking the state to front $58 million for the construction of an advanced water filtration system. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority on its list of 59 water systems nationwide with levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) too high for safe human consumption. The water authority was one of nine water systems deemed unsafe for too-high levels of industrial pollutants stemming from 3M. The WMEL Water Authority acted on ... Read More

Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

3M Chemicals May Be Sickening Thousands in Alabama

Residents of a North Alabama county say they are being poisoned by perfluorinated chemicals 3M dumped into the Tennessee River over the course of several years and claim Alabama’s leaders have turned a blind eye to an environmental disaster affecting their homes and families. In May 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a health advisory warning the public about the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) in 59 water systems nationwide, including eight in Alabama. PFOA and PFOS were used by 3M in its Decatur, Alabama, plant to make non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings for consumer products. Whatever ... Read More

Researchers Study Collision Injury Risks Drones Pose to Humans

More than 100,000 drone operators have obtained a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly a drone for commercial and recreational purposes since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone rule took effect on Aug. 29, 2016. But while the purpose of that rule was to protect larger aircraft from the hazards of drones flying in their airspace, little was known about might happen when a wayward drone collides with a person or group of people. To understand the personal-injury risks drones pose to people on the ground, the FAA assembled a consortium of university, industry, and government researchers to study the risks. The ... Read More

Alabama Pilot Killed in Florida Plane Crash

An Alabama pilot who was flying to Florida to visit his son for Christmas was killed when his plane crashed about 50 miles west of Gainesville, Florida, Wednesday, Dec. 20. William “Bill” Greenhaw, 78, departed from Alabama’s Guntersville Municipal Airport around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon in a Beechcraft BE-35. He was bound for Orlando Melbourne International Airport to see his son, who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Bob Martin, the manager of Guntersville Municipal Airport, where Mr. Greenhaw worked, told Huntsville, Alabama’s WHNT Channel 19 that Mr. Greenhaw had made the trip many times before. “He left here two o’clock time frame. ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Pollutants Caused Cancer, Other Health Problems

A lawsuit accusing 3M and related companies of contaminating the Tennessee River with PFOA and PFOS chemicals has been filed by 23 plaintiffs who allege the industrial pollution caused them to develop cancer and other serious health problems. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which provides drinking water to more than 10,000 residents of Alabama’s Morgan and Lawrence Counties. In addition to 3M, the lawsuit names as defendants 3M subsidiary Dyneon, Daikin America, and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which sold the contaminated water. The plaintiffs allege the defendants were ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Kills Alabama Teen, Injures 39 Others

The cause of a church bus crash near the Atlanta airport last Thursday afternoon that killed a 17-year-old girl and injured 39 others remains under investigation. The fatal crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. June 8 on Camp Creek Road in South Fulton County near the intersection of Merk Road. The bus, owned and operated by Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama, was taking church members to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where they were to depart that evening for a mission trip to Botswana. Initial reports say the eastbound church bus attempted to change lanes when it collided with a ... Read More

High-Speed Crash On Country Road Kills Three Alabamians; Injures Two others

A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report. The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road. A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s ... Read More

Army Vet Severely Injured By E-Cigarette Explosion Sues Huntsville Vendor

A Huntsville Army veteran who served two tours of Iraq and Afghanistan safely returned home to Alabama only to suffer severe injuries resembling some caused by a bomb blast when some e-cigarettes exploded in his pocket. In an interview with Huntsville’s WAFF, Tim Jensen said he stopped at a Huntsville shop to buy some batteries for an e-cigarette. He purchased some he says were recommended by the store owner. But while driving down the road in Huntsville, Mr. Jensen suddenly felt heat building up within the pocket of his pants. “I just felt heat come from my pocket, just almost ... Read More

Alabama ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Prescribing, Health Care Fraud

A former Huntsville, Ala., physician who was the highest Medicare prescriber of opioid painkillers at the height of his practice in 2012, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances and for health care fraud involving $9.5 million in unneeded and unused urine tests, which he billed to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for Alabama, which tracks the dispensing of prescription drugs and other controlled substances, and Medicare data revealed that Dr. Shelinder Aggarwal, 48, wrote more prescriptions for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, and other highly addictive opioid ... Read More