contamination News

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 …

Cleaning up Meth Houses

A hazmat suit and respirator is what Jared Herbert typically wears to work. If passersby ask what he is working on, he tells them he’s just cleaning a house. Or taking care of a residential chemical contamination. He never gives …

Indiana Firm Ordered to Uphold Insurance Policies for Toxic Site Cleanup

A public television station has won a court battle over insurance policies that could pay for cleaning up contamination at the site of a shuttered Evansville, Indiana, dry-cleaning business. Judge Richard D’Amour ordered Red Ink Management LLC on Wednesday to …

Biohazard Cleanups Not Pretty—and Neither Are the Costs to Insurers

If Peter Duncanson is on the scene, it’s probably not pretty. It could be a CSI-like crime scene with spattered blood and skin fragments on the sofa and wall. Or a trauma scene where an injured employee or animal traipsed …

Recall: Plastic in Wegmans Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Wegmans Food Markets says 4,000 pounds of its mashed sweet potatoes are being recalled because of possible contamination with pieces of white plastic. The Rochester, N.Y.-based grocery chain says the sweet potatoes packaged in 24 oz. plastic trays were sold …

Wegmans Recalls Pine Nuts Sold in 5 States

Wegmans Food Markets is recalling 5,000 pounds of pine nuts sold in the bulk foods department of its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and Oct. 18, citing possible salmonella contamination. The grocer …