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DOT fines Chevron $423,600 for toxic pipeline leak near Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed on Monday a $423,600 penalty against Chevron Pipe Line Company for contaminating the land and water near the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City with toxic crude oil. A federal investigation of Chevron’s June 2010 pipeline failure found that 800 barrels / 33,600 gallons of crude oil were released into the area around Red Butte Creek. The Chevron incident occurred while the world’s attention was fixated on BP’s epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Chevron spill paled in comparison ... Read More

Police reduce commercial vehicle crashes around Savannah ports

Police in Garden City, Georgia are ramping up efforts to make sure commercial truck drivers drive safely and follow the rules, and their efforts are paying off for everyone. As home to a major port facility, Garden City and the larger Savannah area are transected by heavily traveled roads and interstates. Every day, thousands of commercial tractor trailers head toward the port and back again, hauling cargo to distribution centers around the country. With so much activity on the highways to and through Garden City, safe driving is absolutely critical. Police officer Larry Middleton parks his cruiser near a busy ... Read More

Deadly refinery explosion earns Tesoro 44 citations and record fine

On April 2, 2010, heat exchangers at a Tesoro Petroleum refinery in Anacortes, Washington, exploded, killing two female and five male company employees.  After six months of investigations, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced it had issued a $2.39 million fine against Tesoro — the largest fine in the agency’s history. According to L&I, a heat exchanger at the Tesoro refinery ruptured around 12:30 a.m., releasing volatile hydrocarbon vapor, which ignited almost immediately upon its release. L&I officials said the resulting explosion was the worst industrial disaster in the 37 years that the agency has been enforcing the ... Read More

Georgia paper company fined after plant worker loses fingers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited McDuffie Box Co. Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, for a number of safety violations following a factory incident that severed the fingers of an employee. Proposed penalties total $47,550. OSHA’s investigation found that the machine involved in the amputation incident lacked the proper machine guarding required by OSHA to prevent such an accident from occurring. Investigators also found a number of other violations concerning the lack of emergency stops on the factory machines, a lack of forklift training for workers, and inoperable horns on the forklift. The fines include one for a willful ... Read More

FAA let Northwest Airlines ignore safety rules, government report finds

Federal regulatory agencies have come under fire recently for their “cozy relationships” with large corporations; the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the now-defunct Minerals Management Service have all been targeted for reform by the Obama Administration for their failure to enforce safety rules and regulations. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is being investigated for turning a blind eye on Northwest Airlines while it ignored federal safety regulations for more than a decade. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office, the allegations were first made by Mark Lund, an FAA ... Read More

New law would ban BP from new offshore drilling in U.S.

In a 27-21 vote, the House Natural Resources Committee has approved new legislation that would effectively ban BP from future offshore drilling leases in the United States and its territories. The bill, which also strengthens offshore drilling safety standards, now makes its way to the full House for a vote. “While the incident in the Gulf does not signal the end of drilling off America’s coasts, it certainly is a game changer and is proof positive that broad reforms are needed,” Representative Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat and the panel’s chairman, said in a statement. Oil companies with a ... Read More

Chinese manufacturers substitute toxic cadmium for lead

Earlier this month, the Associated Press exposed yet another disturbing Chinese trade secret when it reported that some manufacturers in China are making children’s jewelry with the highly toxic metal cadmium. Children’s jewelry now joins the growing list of dangerous and sometimes deadly products pouring into the United States from China – a list that includes toys covered with lead paint, pet food and baby formula tainted with melamine, sulfuric drywall that has ruined thousands of homes, and other poorly made or defective merchandise. Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers are turning to cadmium as a substitute for lead, which the ... Read More

Wal-Mart, CPSC act to foil use of cadmium in children’s products

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is pulling items of children’s jewelry known or suspected to be manufactured with high levels of toxic cadmium from store shelves. The move follows an Associated Press investigation published earlier this week which found some China-based manufacturers were creating children’s jewelry with varying amounts of cadmium — a heavy medal considered by the federal government to be one of the most toxic substances on earth. Cadmium is a soft metal that occurs naturally in soil. Exposure to concentrated quantities of it, however, can have debilitating effects on humans. The metal is known to cause cancer ... Read More

High levels of toxic cadmium found in children’s jewelry from China

On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s priority list of the 275 most toxic substances in the environment, the heavy metal cadmium is ranked seventh. Unfortunately, in an investigative report, the Associated Press found that cadmium is being used in large quantities to make children’s jewelry and other products that are sold in the United States. The country of origin for almost all of these products is China. In its investigation, the AP purchased 103 pieces of children’s jewelry from stores such as Wal-Mart and Claire’s in New York, Ohio, Texas, and California. The jewelry was then analyzed for ... Read More

“Made in China” often means “Buyer Beware”

Toys with lead paint, contaminated food, toxic drywall, defective all-terrain vehicles – these are just some of the Chinese exports that have spawned massive safety recalls and personal injury lawsuits in the last couple of years. In 2007, made-in-China products accounted for more than 82% of all U.S. consumer product recalls. Assuming that U.S.-China trade relations remain normal, what will the future of the American marketplace look like in 5 or 10 years? Will it be rife with all sorts of defective and dangerous imports or will Chinese manufacturers eventually embrace what it means to make a “quality” product? The ... Read More