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Springtime for Toxics

Here’s what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer. And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get smarter, too? Surprise: I got my wish, in the form of new Environmental Protection Agency standards on mercury and air toxics for power plants. These rules […]

Wind farm near Palms Spring, Calif. (iStockphoto) FairWarining Reports

Wind Industry Accused of Blowing Off Worker Safety Rule

U.S. wind power is growing, with about 36,000 of the wind turbine towers installed and many more on the way. But for reasons they won’t explain, the manufacturers have failed to comply with a federal job safety standard.

A molecular model of Bisphenol A or BPA. (iStockphoto)

‘Not in My Kitchen’ Is Easier Said Than Done

Our correspondent set out to rid her household of the controversial chemical BPA. She found it was easier said than done.

New Rule Aims to Curb Mercury Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of proposing a new rule limiting emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxics emitted by the nation’s coal-burning power plants. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the new clean air regulatory proposal is expected to be completed by the agency today and officially announced on Monday. It […]

With Stronger Roofs, More Cars Get ‘Top Safety Pick’ Rating

The list of cars and trucks winning “top safety pick” ratings has grown to a record 115 for the latest model year. A big reason for the improvement: Automakers are designing stronger roofs to better protect motorists in rollover crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in issuing its widely followed top safety pick selections, […]

Teens Cut Drinking and Cigarettes, But Smoke More Pot

An annual survey has found that drinking and cigarette smoking among U.S. teenagers has fallen to the lowest levels in decades, but there also was some discouraging health news: More young people say they are using marijuana. The survey, conducted by University of Michigan researchers and known as the Monitoring the Future study, polls students […]

Smoking Bans in Brazil, Bulgaria Light Up Global Trend

From Bulgaria to Brazil, the push to ban smoking is firing up. As Agence France-Presse reports, the government of heavy-smoking Bulgaria is renewing its effort to prohibit puffing in all enclosed public places, including cafes, bars and restaurants. The government’s proposal, which would take effect June 1, would build on a 2005 ban that outlawed […]

Recall Rundown: Toasters, Utility Vehicles, Massagers and More

Toasters Recalled by Hamilton Beach Due to Fire Hazard E-Z-Go Recalls Golf Cars, Shuttles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard Recall: 2011 Nissan Juke for Faulty Turbocharger Sensor Bracket Handheld Massagers Recalled by Fourstar Group Due to Burn Hazard From Leaking Batteries (Sold Exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs) More Dog Food Recalled Due […]

Promoter of Lap-Band Weight-Loss Surgery Warned Over Misleading Ads

Federal authorities have warned a Southern California marketing company promoting Lap-Band weight-loss surgery that it is illegally engaging in false advertising that downplays the serious risks of the procedure. The Food and Drug Administration told the firm, 1-800-GET-THIN, that its billboards and print advertising “fail to provide required risk information, including warnings, precautions, possible side […]

Safety Agency Urges Complete Ban on Cellphone Use by Drivers

A federal safety agency, in an unprecedented move, is urging states to adopt bans on all non-emergency cellphone use by drivers. The recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board, an advisory and investigative agency, would apply to hands-free as well as hand-held devices. As The New York Times reports, that would go beyond any of […]