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W.Va. mine owner accused of putting safety second

The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations in less than a year and a half, some of them for not properly ventilating methane — the highly combustible gas suspected in…

Mine disaster site had 57 safety violations in March

An explosion ripped through a coal mine in West Virginia, killing 25 workers and leaving four unaccounted for in one of the worst US mining disasters in recent years, officials said. And the disaster site was cited for “57 infractions just last month for violations that included repeatedly failing to…

Pfizer ordered to pay up over ‘AIDS-like’ virus infections

In what is being hailed as a major victory for workers in the biotech and nanotech fields, a former scientist with pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has been awarded $1.37 million for being fired after raising the alarm over researchers being infected with a genetically engineered “AIDS-like” virus. Becky McClain, a molecular…

NASA called in to investigate Toyota acceleration

WASHINGTON — The US government announced a series of investigations into “unintended acceleration” in Toyota and other brands of cars on Tuesday, and said NASA engineers would be called in to help. In a statement, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said US space agency experts in “electromagnetic interference,” computer-controlled electronic systems…

Congress subpoenas thousands of allegedly damaging Toyota documents

The head of embattled Toyota has bowed to calls to testify in US Congress as lawmakers demand a whistleblower lawyer hand over potentially damning internal company documents on alleged safety defects. A key congressional committee has subpoenaed former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller, who has accused the world’s biggest car maker…

US demands Toyota hand over recall-related documents

The United States on Tuesday demanded Toyota hand over documents to officials investigating some of the Japanese automaker’s recent vehicle recalls to determine whether they met safety obligations. The nation’s auto safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said it was using its statutory authority to obtain the documents…

17,000 potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under obscure law

Of some 84,000 chemicals being used commercially in the United States, some 20 percent — or 17,000 — are kept secret not only from the public, but from medical professionals, state regulators and even emergency responders, according to a report at the Washington Post. And the reason for this potentially…

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