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OSHA fines Sea World for safety violations after orca trainer’s death

SeaWorld has been hit with a $75,000 fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three safety violations following the death of one of its senior trainers in February. One of the violations is classified as willful – OSHA’s most serious civil penalty. “SeaWorld recognized the inherent risk of allowing trainers to interact with potentially dangerous animals,” said Cindy Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta, Ga. “Nonetheless, it required its employees to work within the pool walls, on ledges, and on shelves where they were subject to dangerous behavior by the animals.” On Feb. 24, a six-ton orca named ... Read More

Children’s track team narrowly escapes exploding bus

A bus full of children on their way to a track meet burst into flames on I-95 in Florida early last Friday morning, just moments after the driver of a passing truck noticed heavy smoke coming from the rear of the bus and signaled the vehicle to pull over. According to Central Florida’s WFTV, the bus was carrying 42 people, including 32 child athletes from Ft. Lauderdale and 10 accompanying adults. Their bus was heading northbound on I-95 to a Junior Olympic track competition in Norfolk, Virginia, when the fire broke out onboard  near an overpass in Brevard County. The ... Read More

Magic’s Nelson plays just months after shoulder surgery

Last February, experts thought Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson was done for the season when he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Recovery usually takes about six months, and over the past four months the Magic began inching toward the Finals. Now it seems, just four months post surgery, Nelson has stepped back into the game to help his team fight for the title against the Los Angeles Lakers. Labrum repair surgery requires months to heal because the fibrocartilage has a poor blood supply. During surgery, the labrum is stitched together and anchored to ... Read More

Deadline looms for Florida gas station underground storage tanks

Many Florida gas station owners are worrying about the future of their businesses because of a state law that will go into effect on December 31, 2009. On that day, the law will require all gas station owners with single-wall underground fuel tanks and pipes to upgrade to double-wall tanks or stop selling gas. Industry insiders expect that of the state’s 9,200 gas stations, 800 to 1,500 stores will have to close. 3,156 gas stations and other facilities with underground storage tanks (USTs) in Florida require the upgrade. Single wall steel tanks are prone to corrosion, especially when they contain ... Read More

Ash ponds at two Birmingham coal facilities top list for arsenic

A report published today by the Birmingham News says the coal ash retaining ponds at two Birmingham-area coal-fired energy plants contain the highest levels of arsenic in the country, ranked and Nos. 2 and 3 on a list compiled by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). The study evaluates the amount of ash deposited in on-site ash ponds and landfills from 2000-2006, according to the News report. The EIP released the report, titled “Disaster in Waiting: Toxic Coal Ash Disposal in Impoundments at Power Plants” yesterday. The report says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data shows power plants are disposing of high ... Read More

Deadly crash spurs tire valve recall

A deadly rollover auto crash in Florida prompted a federal investigation and recall of 6 million tire valve stems after investigators alleged the accident was caused by a cracked stem, according to a report published in Lawyers USA. The recalled product was manufactured in China by Shanghai Baolong Automotive Corp. between July 2006 and November 2006. There could be as many as 36 million of the potentially defective stems currently in use on a variety of automobiles. The investigation revealing the valve stem defects resulted from a lawsuit filed by the widow of Robert Monk, of Orlando, Fla., who was ... Read More