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Myron Levin is an award-winning journalist, formally with the Los Angeles Times and now the chief editor of FairWarning Inc.

FairWarning Signing Off; Statements by Our Board and Editor

The board of FairWarning, a nonprofit devoted to alerting the public to hazardous consumer products and unjust corporate practices, has decided to dissolve the charitable nonprofit as of Feb. 20, 2021. This step is taken with regret as the small journalism nonprofit has devoted the last 11 years to protecting the public from harms to their health and safety.

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Labor

Women Joining Corporate Boards in Record Numbers After Legislative Push

Amid growing calls for women on corporate boards, California’s 662 publicly traded companies have added hundreds of women to their boards in the past two years. While that’s an impressive jump, the companies didn’t do it because it suddenly struck them as a great idea.

Public Health

Poor Ventilation in Multifamily Buildings May Lessen Benefit of Staying at Home to Avoid Covid 

Lindsey first noticed the symptoms in mid-December. Her wife was even sicker, with a high fever. Testing confirmed they both had Covid. Lindsey knew she had to tell the upstairs neighbors, who also owned the building. When she went to warn them, she was in for a surprise — one with implications not only for her, but also, potentially, for public health messaging and policy nationwide.

Recent Stories

Coronavirus Numbers Trending in the Right Direction, But Risks from New Variants and Super Bowl Gatherings Lurk

Covid infections and hospitalizations have dropped sharply in most areas from early January peaks, signaling a likely decline in deaths in the coming days. But progress could stall with the spread of new virus variants, the easing of restrictions and the possible impact of  Super Bowl gatherings.

Recent Stories

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, With More Vaccines on the Way

With Latino and Black communities hardest hit by coronavirus infections and deaths also having less access to vaccines in many areas, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the New York City borough with the highest poverty rate, opened today as a mass vaccination site.

Environment

Which U.S. Cities Get Failing Grades on Parks

Being ranked among the most park-poor cities in America is a fitness test no city wants to flunk. But in 2020 amid the pandemic, the national “ParkScore” ratings issued by The Trust for Public Land took on greater meaning as overcrowding at home and lack of school recess put families in a bind.

Consumer Protection

In Battle Against “the Highway Disease,” Traffic Safety Agency Attacked as Asleep at the Wheel

NHTSA was established 50 years ago to reduce the toll of injuries and deaths on the nation's roads. But even as progress stalled, the agency cut back on key activities as part of the Trump administration's deregulatory crusade.

Labor

Under Attack for its Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, OSHA is Playing Catch-up

Early In the pandemic, OSHA drew scathing criticism for a hands-off approach to a crisis that has claimed the lives of hundreds of essential workers. More recently, the agency began ramping up enforcement. Despite the burst of activity, a FairWarning review shows that inspectors are mostly responding to deaths or hospitalizations, as required by law, rather than flagging unsafe conditions before more workers get infected. 

Consumer Protection

In the Cannabis Patch, a Patchwork of Safety Standards–and in Some Cases None At All

Although 35 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use, there still are no uniform standards for regulating potentially harmful contaminants. And with five more states voting this November on whether to allow cannabis for the first time, the problem will only grow. 

Consumer Protection

String of Fatal Poisonings from Ingestion of Toxic Hand Sanitizer Highlights Limits of FDA Powers

Faced with a shortage of the usual active ingredient in hand sanitizer during the pandemic, some companies turned to a toxic alternative -- with sometimes fatal results.

Consumer Protection

Safety Advocates Assail Lack of Federal Action on Weak Vehicle Seats

Andrew Warner was driving his family home from a Christmas party near Houston when they were rear-ended. Warner’s seat buckled, slamming backward and killing his infant daughter, Taylor. Seatback failures caused by rear collisions have been injuring and killing people for decades.  Experts say the safety standard for seat strength is so weak that a lawn chair could pass.

Public Health

Growing Calls for FDA to Speed Approval of Quick, At-Home Coronavirus Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under fire for setting what critics say are near-impossible standards for quick, at-home Covid-19 tests that could provide a breakthrough in stemming the spread of the virus.

Recent Stories

Grim Prediction of Nearly 300,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths by December 1

Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are predicted to reach almost 300,000 by December 1--135,000 above the current toll of more than 160,000 confirmed fatalities--according to an influential University of Washington model. With Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stalemate over terms of another coronavirus relief package, President Trump says he might take unilateral action.

Consumer Protection

DOT Wants to Weaken Its Own Power to Penalize Airlines Over Consumer Complaints

With enforcement against airlines for consumer violations already falling sharply, the Department of Transportation is pushing for a rule change that consumer groups and some lawmakers say would serve no other purpose than further protecting airlines from civil fines.

Consumer Protection

Consumer Group Urges FDA to Crack Down on Unapproved ‘Abortion Reversal’ Procedure

A consumer watchdog group is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to shut down a group of websites advertising a so-called abortion pill reversal, a potentially dangerous treatment that is not FDA-approved.