Stuart Silverstein

Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

Aftermath of Chatsworth rail disaster, Sept. 12, 2008. (Kelly B. Huston)

As Rail Tragedies Fade From Memory, Resistance to Safety Rule Gains Steam

Less than four years after a California train disaster spurred passage of major safety legislation, railroad companies are pushing hard to water down the law. They have won over key lawmakers in their bid to scale back and delay a system to prevent crashes such as the head-on collision that caused 25 deaths and 135 injuries in Chatsworth, Calif. The industry is bolstered by a political climate that is hostile to federal dictates. And as political currents have shifted and the issue has fallen out of the spotlight, the rule has fewer forceful advocates.

Despite Fire and Flooding, Officials Say Nuke Plants Are Safe

Mother Nature is wreaking havoc around nuclear sites in two states, but authorities dismiss any risk of a radiation release. In northern New Mexico, as the Associated Press reports, firefighters are battling a wildfire in the mountains above Los Alamos, home to the government nuclear laboratory that produced the first atomic bomb. As of this […]

Restaurants Slice Calories From the Menu to Get Out in Front of New Rules

Restaurant chains are scrambling to cook up lower-calorie recipes for some of their popular dishes as a result of pending federal regulation. The search for alternatives, the Los Angeles Times reports, is being spurred by rules the Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue by year-end. The rules, stemming from last year’s health care […]

Studies Yield Conflicting Signals About Environment’s Impact on Fertility

Pity the human sperm? By one new assessment, male fertility is holding up nicely. As The New York Times reports, Danish researchers have conducted an updated study showing that, despite ever-present environmental hazards, sperm counts remain steady. But that discovery has been clouded by a pair of worrisome reports about the widely used compound BPA, […]

Texas Study Links Vaccinations to Lower Risk of Childhood Cancer

Vaccinations to protect youngsters from hepatitis B and polio also might provide another benefit: a reduced risk of childhood cancer. That was the conclusion of a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics that evaluated health statistics from Texas. It found that in areas with the highest percentages of children vaccinated for hepatitis B, rates […]

Gun Magazine Sellers Have Ammo to Influence National Rifle Association

The sellers of high-capacity gun magazines and other gun accessories have become an influential, if not always widely noticed, force in the National Rifle Association. But their role, the Center for Public Integrity reports, could soon draw more scrutiny because of gun control legislation being proposed by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, […]

Uranium Mill Wins Approval in Colorado, Despite Environmental Concerns

Despite environmental concerns, Colorado has approved the nation’s first new uranium mill in more than 25 years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The state’s regulators granted the radioactive fuels license to Energy Fuels Resources Corp., a Canadian company that has long sought to open the mill near the town of Naturita in southwestern Colorado. The […]

Top Cancer Drug Linked to Heart Problems

The world’s top-selling cancer drug has suffered another setback. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that women treated with Avastin for breast cancer were more likely to develop heart failure. The research team, led by Dr. Toni Choueiri of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, found that […]

Food Researchers Find Butter Contaminated With Fire Retardant

The pat of butter you put on your toast may be a hazard to more than your waistline. Researchers looking into the amount of organic pollutants in food discovered an unexpectedly large amount of the flame retardant PBDE in one of 10 samples of butter bought at stores in Dallas, Tex. Smaller amounts of the […]

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Targeting Bogus Injury Records, OSHA Takes Heat from All Sides

Workplace safety advocates have contended for years that bosses often cheat when it comes to their obligation to report on-the-job injuries. Academic researchers also have found extensive evidence that, whether due to deliberate fudging or other reasons, many serious work injuries are never properly disclosed to authorities. The result, safety advocates and regulators say, is […]