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Formaldehyde named a carcinogen; stricter regulation uncertain

Formaldehyde named a carcinogen; stricter regulation uncertain
June 15, 2011 --

Formaldehyde is now classified as a carcinogen. But, despite the growing scientific consensus about how formaldehyde can affect human health, it remains to be seen if the studies will lead to tighter U.S. formaldehyde regulations.

Oil companies pay a pittance in penalties to offshore drilling regulators

Oil companies pay a pittance in penalties to offshore drilling regulators
May 5, 2010 --

The fines that oil companies have paid for offshore drilling safety violations are dwarfed by their profits. Fines against BP have been the equivalent of a rounding error. From 1998 through 2007, BP paid less than $580,000 in penalties for its 12 safety violations. Last quarter, the British oil giant turned a profit of $5.6 billion.

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule
February 9, 2010 --

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House are trying to minimize their differences, a brewing battle at OSHA over a workplace injury reporting rule illustrates how tough that could become given the administration’s pro-labor leanings.