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Senators push reform of black lung program that 'failed' sick miners

U.S. senators are crafting legislation to reform the black lung benefits program, using a series of reports by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News as a guide, Sen. Robert Casey said Monday.... Read more»0

'Retail exemption' shields fertilizer facilities from safety inspections

The West, Texas fertilizer plant that blew up on April 17, killing at least 15 people, appears to have been claiming an arcane exemption that allowed it to avoid targeted workplace inspections and safety requirements and enter a “streamlined prevention program” with environmental regulators.... Read more»0

Report suggests OSHA safeguard temporary workers

Workplace safety and health regulators should conduct an enforcement blitz and amend policies to give greater protection to the growing number of vulnerable temporary, or "contingent," workers, a new report recommends.... Read more»0

Even after workplace deaths, companies avoid OSHA penalties

A Center for Public Integrity data analysis has found that federal and state agencies have only collected at least 40 percent of the monetary penalties initially assessed after workplace inspections, forgoing $1.3 billion in the process.... Read more»0

Feds step up enforcement of rules to prevent black lung

A federal enforcement blitz targeting coal mines with potentially dangerous levels of dust found a host of violations at more than a dozen sites where conditions left miners at risk for developing black lung disease.... Read more»0

Feds have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says

Despite growing fears over the health effects of a chemical found in many baby bottles and a host of other products, federal regulators have done little to protect the public, according to a new report from a nonprofit research group.... Read more»0

EPA hopes disclosure leads to greenhouse gas reductions

For the first time, the EPA on Wednesday unveiled data showing the amounts of greenhouse gases released in 2010 by the nation’s largest power plants, oil refineries and paper mills, among a handful of other industries.... Read more»0

Few criminal cases target big air polluters

In policing the nation’s polluters, criminal prosecution is the government’s most potent weapon. Congress passed legislation 21 years ago to strengthen criminal enforcement and encourage the EPA and the Justice Department to go after the worst violators of air pollution laws. But an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News shows the extent to which this vision has gone unrealized.... Read more»0

Oil execs among highest paid CEOs

As Congress debates what to do about surging gas prices—whether to expand drilling, for instance, or end federal tax breaks for oil companies—this much is clear: energy executives, including some who are being summoned to testify on Capitol Hill, are among the nation’s highest paid CEOs.... Read more»0