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Environment

Off-Target Pesticide Service Douses Neighboring Properties, People

Alpine Helicopter Service has been implicated in dozens of complaints of crop loss and personal injury when pesticides it sprayed allegedly landed on the wrong targets. Now, the state of California is suing the company and taking a stand on pesticide misuse.

Labor

Boxed In: Dollar Tree, the Giant Discount Chain, Cited for Job Safety Violations at Dozens of Stores

Run-ins with job safety regulators are routine for Dollar Tree, the huge discount retail chain. A FairWarning investigation found that more than 150 company stores have been cited for safety violations since December 2015, despite a settlement with OSHA in which Dollar Tree agreed to pay $825,000 in penalties and clean up its act.

Recent Stories

Air War: A Relentless Whistleblower Once More Girds for Battle Over Aviation Safety

To his supporters, former air marshal Robert MacLean personifies the best traits of whistleblowers, determined to expose the government's dirty laundry, even at high personal cost. To critics, he's an obsessive and even vindictive ex-federal employee who overstepped his bounds. Now he's battling over the need for secondary barriers to keep would-be intruders from reaching the cockpit.

Warning Wire

Trump to California: ‘No You Don’t’ on State Setting Its Own Vehicle Emissions Standards

President Trump is revoking California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards, setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle.

Warning Wire

In Texas Shooting Massacre the System Actually Worked, For a While

The shooting massacre in Odessa, Texas, highlighted gaps in the system of background checks. The shooter's effort to buy a gun from a licensed dealer was rejected, so he turned to private market instead.

Warning Wire

Amazon a Thriving Market for Banned, Unsafe and Mislabeled Products

Convenience, selection and quick delivery have made Amazon a trusted brand. But a team of Wall Street Journal reporters found thousands of products for sale on Amazon that wouldn’t be permitted on the shelves of big box stores because they had been deemed unsafe or were outright banned by federal regulators.

Warning Wire

Endangered Again: Trump Administration Rolls Back Historic Wildlife Protection Law

The Endangered Species Act is getting an overhaul by the Trump White House that will affect hundreds of species now considered "threatened."

Warning Wire

EPA Bypassed Ethics Rules in Picks for Science Panels, Government Watchdog Finds

New members of EPA science advisory panels, including some with industry ties, were not not properly screened for ethical conflicts, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Warning Wire

Dialing Down the Hype on Driverless Cars

Driver-assistance technology is becoming more common. Major carmakers have pledged to make automated emergency braking standard on all vehicles by 2022, for example. But technical barriers, plus the general unease of consumers, make full automation a farther reach, despite what Elon Musk may say.

Warning Wire

Novel Approach to Resolving Tsunami of Opioid Lawsuits

Lawyers presented a federal judge in Ohio with a proposal that would allow every town, city or county in the country to receive a payment from the companies that have made and sold prescription opioids. Local governments opting in to the settlement would get money to help address the public health crisis stemming from opioid abuse.

Warning Wire

High Stakes as Trump Administration Rebuffs Automakers’ Appeal in Showdown on Fuel Economy Standards

The Trump Administration is sticking to its plan to weaken vehicle emission standards, despite appeals from the auto industry that the rollback goes too far.

Warning Wire

Business Leaders Join in Lobbying Congress for Climate Action. Anyone Listening?

Some said they know getting a climate bill signed into law by President Trump is nearly impossible, but they hoped to persuade lawmakers who could outlast him of the urgency of the matter.

Labor

Worker Advocates Burned Up Over Lack of Federal Heat Protections

Over the years, hundreds of workers have died from heat stress in fields and at construction sites. Citing the warming climate, groups have renewed calls for a federal heat standard.