Daily Briefing

Thursday

Court Orders Unmasking of ‘Company Doe’ in Consumer Product Safety Case

Ruling requires disclosure of the name of a company waging a secret legal battle. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the arguments of a company that sued to keep a complaint about one of its products out of a public U.S. database. The court said the public’s right to access to judicial […]

Wednesday

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA’s Limits for Mercury and Other Pollutants From Power Plants

Ruling rejects challenges to first-ever U.S. standards to cut power plants’ hazardous emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits on mercury and other pollution. In doing so, the court denied arguments from states, utilities and industry groups that the rules came out of a […]

Tuesday

Scientists Find That EPA Has Hugely Underestimated Methane Emissions From Drilling

Research shows that gas drilling sites released over 100 times more methane than U.S. regulators calculated. Using a plane equipped to measure greenhouse gas emissions, scientists found that drilling activities at seven sites in southwestern Pennsylvania emitted 34 grams of methane per second. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that such drilling releases between 0.04 grams and 0.30 […]

Monday

Chinese Investigators to Probe Water Firm Suspected of Delaying Reporting Contamination

Water company reportedly was slow to disclose surge in benzene in supplies for northwest China city. State radio said a Chinese government team will probe a unit of the French firm Veolia Environment that is suspected of delaying reporting water contamination in Lanzhou, the capital of northwest Gansu province. Levels of benzene, a human carcinogen, in Lanzhou’s tap […]

Thursday

General Motors Suspends Two Engineers Due to Ignition Switch Controversy

GM’s internal investigation leads to first disciplinary action over delayed recall of defective ignition switches. General Motors said today it suspended two engineers with pay as part of its internal investigation of its failure for more than a decade to recall the defective switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars. Chief Executive Mary Barra said the […]

Wednesday

Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles, Raising New Questions About Its Quality Controls

Five defects spur world’s No. 1 automaker to launch massive recall. The action announced today by Toyota Motor Corp. involves nearly 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 27 models, including the RAV4, Corolla, Yaris, Matrix and Highlander. The recalls were prompted by defects with seat rails, cables connected to air bags, engine starters, steering column brackets and windshield-wiper […]

Tuesday

Drug Companies Ordered to Pay $9 Billion for Concealing Cancer Risks of Diabetes Medicine

Jury finds that Japanese company and U.S partner withheld information from patients and doctors. A U.S. district court in Lafayette, La., ordered the companies to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes drug, Actos, that has been linked to cancer. The Japanese company, Takeda Pharmaceutical, was assessed $6 billion in punitive damages. Its […]

Monday

Scientists See a 15-Year Window for Affordable Action to Limit Global Warming

Officials and experts brought together by the UN are reviewing options for curbing emissions driving climate change. The meeting in Berlin of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change follows its starkest-ever warning about the impact of global warming on the earth’s weather system. The IPCC will meet until Friday before issuing a report intended to inform […]

Thursday

GM Is Refusing to Name the Crash Victims Whose Deaths Are Linked to Faulty Ignition Switches

Secrecy by GM is frustrating families of victims and their lawyers. General Motors has twice adjusted the number of deaths it says are linked to an ignition switch defect, but still refuses to disclose publicly the list of the confirmed victims, now said to be 13. The enduring mystery has left scores of families playing […]

Wednesday

California Utility Indicted on 12 Federal Criminal Charges in 2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion

Grand jury accuses Pacific Gas and Electric of failing to do inspections that could have prevented deadly blast. In all, PG&E was indicted on 12 federal criminal counts related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood, killed eight people and injured dozens of others. The indictment accuses PG&E of knowingly violating […]