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Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Air Canada SFO Blunder Triggers New Aviation Rules

Federal aviation officials have implemented significant changes to landing and air traffic control procedures after an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a crowded San Francisco International Airport (SFO) taxiway in July. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer allows aircraft landing at SFO at night to use a visual approach when an adjacent parallel runway is closed. This change was based on findings by FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators that runway lighting due to a closed runway contributed to the confusion of the Air Canada pilots. According to The Mercury News, Air Canada flight crews told ... Read More

Cold meds recalled due to possible contamination

Centurion Labs is recalling two lots of its cold and allergy medication Ninjacof manufactured by Vilvet of Dania Beach, Florida, and distributed by Centurion Labs because the products may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can be serious or even life threatening to some individuals. The recall was initiated after Centurion was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential contamination after the agency discovered the product may have been manufactured in a Pharmatech facility in Davie, Florida, the manufacturing company at the center of several medication recalls. Use of a product that contains B. ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More

Multiple Attempts to Retrieve Temporary IVC Filter Fail

A lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer of a temporary IVC filter when multiple attempts to retrieve it failed. Jon F. from Oklahoma was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Aug. 5, 2014, according to the Daily Hornet. Dr. Cordell L. Privat at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa performed the minor surgery to help prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE) from occurring. IVC filters are devices resembling a spider that are inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. They are intended to catch blood clots before they can travel to the heart or ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

Residents Sue Michelin, BF Goodrich for contamination

Residents of an Ottawa County, Oklahoma, neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against Michelin and its parent company, BF Goodrich, for “knowingly” contaminating the soil and groundwater with benzene and naphtha. The 112 former and current residents, six of whom are children, allege Michelin and BF Goodrich intentionally didn’t notify appropriate authorities for the disposal of the hazardous chemicals, according to the Miami News-Record. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), which includes a legal requirement for industries to report the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances at federal, state, and local government levels, is working in the plaintiffs’ favor. “Defendants’ violations ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit claims Michelin plant still polluted

Michelin dumped benzene and other toxic chemicals throughout a now-abandoned rubber- and tire-manufacturing plant, a group of residents from an Oklahoma subdivision alleges in a lawsuit against the tire company and its parent B.F. Goodrich. According to the Miami (Oklahoma) News-Record, 112 former and current residents of the Miami Heights subdivision, including six children, claim the companies knew that loads of benzene, naphtha, and other harmful chemicals were present throughout the shuttered manufacturing facility in Miami, Oklahoma, but failed to clean up and properly dispose of the substances. The plant employed about 1,900 workers before it shut down in 1985. ... Read More

Appeals Court Derails EPA Plan to Stall Methane Emissions Rule

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt exceeded his authority in trying to delay the implementation of a rule requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the level of methane pollution their operations release. After reviewing objections lodged by a coalition of environmental groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the EPA did not have the authority to halt the rule from taking effect. Mr. Pruitt, already widely criticized for being in the pocket of big oil and gas companies during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, said in April that he planned ... Read More

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now headed by Scott Pruitt, an outspoken foe of environmentally friendly measures, signed a proposal last week to repeal a 2015 rule intended to protect the nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Rule was adopted by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to combat the rising tide of pollution entering larger rivers and other navigable bodies of water via intermittent streams, ponds, and other waterways. The rule, which is often called the “Waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS rule, was stayed in court before it ever took effect due to legal challenges ... Read More