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Local Officials Exasperated By Meaningless Oil Train Safety Reports

An increasing amount of oil train traffic and the devastating accidents that go along with it have officials in municipalities affected by the trains on alert. But as towns and cities across the U.S. request inspection reports of certain bridges and other infrastructures supporting oil trains, officials are discovering that railroads aren’t being open and transparent about their findings. Under the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which became law in December, state, county, and municipal officials can request inspection reports from the railroads that run oil trains through their cities. The Federal Railroad Administration, serving as a link between ... Read More

Washington Confronts Growing Oil-Train Threats With New Emergency Preparedness Rule

Oil-train disasters have become so frequent in North America that some U.S. states are taking action to mitigate the potential damage caused by a crash or derailment. Among the states passing legislation to deal with future oil-train disasters is Washington, where last week a new rule went into effect requiring terminals, refineries, and other oil facilities to notify the state Department of Ecology in advance in advance of oil shipments. The state will then relay the information to local emergency responders in communities along the oil train’s route. The new rule –Washington State’s first reporting requirement for oil train shipments ... Read More

Oregon Considers Oil Train Safety Act To Deal With Future Spills

Oregon lawmakers introduced a new bill to improve oil train safety and to help the state cope with future oil spills caused by train derailments and other accidents. The bipartisan “Community Protection and Preparedness Act,” introduced to the State Legislature last month, would create an emergency-response and clean-up fund by imposing a $1,500 annual fee on each oil train tank car that falls short of federal Department of Transportation (DOT) safety requirements. The Act would also mandate that railroads inspect their tracks on foot in “high consequence areas” especially sensitive to oil pollution. Such areas would include waterways, highly populated areas, and ... Read More

Oil, Benzene From Oregon Train Derailment Polluting Groundwater

Two months after a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, state officials have discovered that some of the spilled oil has seeped into the groundwater supply, posing a potentially dangerous and difficult-to-clean contamination problem. Sixteen of the oil train’s 96 cars derailed on June 3, spilling 42,000 gallons of crude oil and setting off a massive fire that raged for 14 hours. The disaster also knocked the wastewater system in the town of Mosier completely out of order. Now that much of the surface oil has been recovered, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) and ... Read More

Driver of charter Bus Involved In Deadly California Crash Has Botched Driving Record

Federal and state authorities investigating the deadly Aug. 2 crash of a charter bus in northern California are taking a close look at the driver’s record, the vehicle’s maintenance history, and other factors that may have played a role in the accident. The charter bus, owned and operated by Autobuses Coordinados USA, was traveling from Mexico to Pasco, Wash., along California State Route 99 when it veered off the highway in Livingston and crashed into a sign pole at 3:30 a.m. The bus was carrying 50 people. Initial reports said that five people were killed, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) ... Read More

Pediatric breathing system recalled due to defect that can harm patients

Medical device company Dräger is recalling the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Breathing Circuit after discovering that the check valve on the circuit may leak. This could result in patient re-breathing exhaled gas with reduced oxygen concentration and increased carbon dioxide levels, which can lead to serious health consequences, including excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream and increased acidity in the blood, which can be fatal. This issue pertains only to the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Circuit. There is no issue or problem with the Oxylog 3000/3000 plus ventilator. The affected device contains the lot number 5704964, ... Read More

FDA issues warning letter to Oregon Potato Co. over listeria contamination

Washington-based Oregon Potato Co. (OPC) was slapped with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding an inspection in March during which FDA inspectors collected 19 environmental samples that tested positive for listeria, a bacteria that can cause illness. Seven of those samples were from food surfaces that had been in direct contact with onions, prompting a chain of recalls. The OPC action led to more recalls down the food chain to manufacturers and distributors who used ingredients from OPC, such as frozen vegetable seller The Pictsweet Co., and grocery giant Schnucks, who sold Pictsweet vegetables. Following the ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America

Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More

Five People Dead, Several Injured In ‘Catastrophic’ Bus Crash in Central California

At least five people were killed in the early morning hours Tuesday when a charter bus they were traveling in veered off the freeway in California’s Central Valley and struck a sign pole. The collision sheared the bus in half almost to its middle. The California Highway Patrol said the charter bus was traveling from Mexico to Washington state when it veered off Highway 99 near Livingston in the Central Valley around 3:35 a.m. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, CHP Officer Moises Onsurez described the collision as “catastrophic.” At least five people, including driver Mario David Vasquez, 57, of ... Read More

Whistleblower’s FCA Complaint Accuses Wells Fargo Bank of Fraud, Retaliation

A former Wells Fargo loan officer who claims he was fired in retaliation for complaining about allegedly illegal and unethical directives that could have forced some customers into foreclosure proceedings has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against the bank in a Portland, Ore., federal court, accusing it of defrauding the federal government by improperly collecting $1.4 billion in foreclosure-prevention funds for loans during the housing crisis. In December 2013, whistleblower Duke Tran “stumbled upon a secret Wells Fargo policy that he felt compromised his personal ethics and violated the laws governing mortgage servicing,” the complaint asserts. The policy required ... Read More