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Meth Lab Clean Up a Growing Industry

A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded. Gary Siebenschuh and a helper …

Experts: Little Oversight of Class Labs in Minnesota

A science demonstration that went bad in a Maple Grove middle school this month has drawn attention to the fact that there’s little official oversight of experiments in classroom labs. Four students were burned, including one seriously, when a teacher …

Safety Oversight of Government Aircraft Lacking

Nonmilitary government agencies operate more aircraft than the world’s largest airline but are subject to little federal safety oversight – a situation accident investigators say has contributed to air crashes and deaths. Federal, state and local agencies own or lease …

Illinois Didn’t Investigate Most Hospital Complaints

The Illinois Department of Public Health didn’t investigate 85 percent of the 560 hospital complaints it received last year even when the complaints alleged patient abuse and lax infection control, according to a published report Sunday. The Chicago Tribune reported …

Report: Industry Decides Food Ingredient Safety

A new report has found thousands of ingredients that go into food have been classified as safe by private industry alone, without any government oversight. The study published Wednesday found that since the early 1960’s, private companies and trade associations …

Japan to Set Up New Nuclear Safety Agency

Japan’s government has decided to set up a new nuclear regulatory agency under the Environment Ministry instead of the trade ministry to increase its independence after the country’s atomic disaster, officials said Thursday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the …