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Study: Little Asbestos Found After Detroit House Demolitions

Cost-savings and public safety benefits by swiftly demolishing dangerous vacant houses in Detroit could outweigh the risk of asbestos exposure to people in neighborhoods, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. A study of 25 emergency demolitions found small …

Environmental Contamination Shuts Down Pennsylvania Schools

Students at three Pennsylvania schools were told to stay home Thursday amid ongoing concerns over lead and asbestos contamination, as state police investigate what former district officials did to address problems with tainted water. One day after Gov. Tom Wolf …

Dollar Tree Gets FDA Warning for Potentially Dangerous Drugs

Dollar Tree received a warning letter from U.S. regulators for buying over-the-counter drugs from foreign manufacturers that were made in such substandard conditions that they had been barred from entry to the U.S. The letter sent to Greenbrier International Inc., …

Bausch Yanked Talc From Its Body Powder Months Before J&J Recall

As retailers pull Johnson & Johnson’s recalled talc-based baby powder from their shelves over reports of asbestos contamination, one competitor has yanked the mineral from its product altogether. Bausch Health Cos. Inc., maker of Shower to Shower powder, said it …

J&J CEO Testified Baby Powder was Safe 13 Days Before FDA Bombshell

Facing off against a plaintiff’s lawyer for the first time about Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the company’s Chief Executive Alex Gorsky earlier this month insisted that the company’s iconic brand was safe. “We unequivocally believe that our talc and …

Homeless Campers not Told of Toxic Chemicals Found at Site

SEATTLE — This past summer, city of Seattle officials sent a warning to about 60 of its employees: They may have been exposed to toxic chemical compounds during a January cleanup of a Sodo homeless encampment. One police officer who …

Worker, Food-Safety Advocates Sound Alarm Over New Hog Slaughter Rules

CHICAGO — U.S. food safety and the health of plant workers will be at risk from new federal rules that allow meat companies to slaughter hogs as fast as they want and shift the role of government inspectors, food and …

US Suspends Low-Level Radioactive Waste Shipments to Nevada

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada congressman called for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s resignation Wednesday after the department acknowledged dozens of shipments of low-level radioactive waste shipped to a site north of Las Vegas may have been mislabeled and out …

Conflict in Michigan AG’s Office over Flint Water Records

DETROIT — A civil war of sorts is developing in the Michigan attorney general’s office over 23 boxes of records found in a state basement and what role — if any — they have in the Flint water criminal investigation. …

Tainted Pills Force FDA to Tighten Drug-Safety Regulations

U.S. regulators plan to revamp rules governing how medicines are manufactured, in an effort to ensure the safety of the nation’s drug supply as recalls of contaminated imports from developing countries widen. “We’ve seen a lot of instances of adulterated …