The U.S. military and Department of Energy have been allowed to continue the open burning and detonation of explosives and, in a few cases, even radioactive wastes under a 1980 exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency. One of those sites is in Iowa.
The scope of deadly hazards such as texting and drug use by drivers may be underestimated and not adequately addressed because police aren’t collecting enough information at crash scenes, according to a new report.
OSHA has stopped issuing announcements of enforcement actions. One involving John Deere was made public, though, before a news blackout coinciding with the new Trump Administration began, Fairwarning.org reports.
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Six years into a national severe violator program – arguably the broadest workplace safety initiative launched during the Obama administration – more than 500 businesses are on a list of bad actors, this Fairwarning.org report reveals.
In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised to 535,000 its estimate of the number of American children with potentially dangerous levels of lead in their blood. The number of children found to have high levels of lead in their blood has been declining nationally over the past few years. Iowa, too, has seen a decline. In 2008, 624 children were found to have high levels of lead in their blood, data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows. That number dropped to 323 in 2009.
WITH IOWA DATA. The primary way children still are exposed to lead paint is from paint in the walls at home, public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner say in this FairWarning interview.