January 22, 2007 The Pump Handle 4Comment

The Science Blogging Conference, held this past weekend at UNC-Chapel Hill, wasn’t just for bloggers. Many of the attendees, particularly science students and educators, came to learn how they could use blogs, and some of them launched their own blogs over the course of the weekend. The journalists in attendance seemed to be immersed in […]

January 21, 2007 The Pump Handle

Mining companies opposed to a health standard to protect underground miners from diesel particulate matter (DPM) finally had their day in court.  The morning proceeding featured remarks about tail-wagging dogs and coal-mine canaries, presented before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Industry attorneys urged the Court to vacate […]

January 19, 2007 The Pump Handle 2Comment

There have been a number of thoughtful and challenging comments on the future of safety and health posted in the past week. I want to acknowledge some of these and also to suggest more discussion about the principles that might help choose which potential actions to increase worker protection should get priority attention.

January 19, 2007 The Pump Handle

Lisa Stiffler at Dateline Earth reports on the newest research on PBDEs (levels of this flame retardant in household dust correlate to levels in breast milk) and gives an update on Washington state’s proposed PBDE ban. Jake Young at Pure Pedantry has an update on Eli Lilly’s attempts to block the online distribution of documents […]

January 18, 2007 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By David Michaels Earlier today, President Bush took another step to limit the ability of regulatory agencies to protect the nation’s health and environment. The President signed amendments to Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, further centralizing the control the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has over agency activities, and making it more difficult for public […]

January 18, 2007 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By Liz Borkowski  There’s an article making its way around the internet warning that a lobbying reform law currently in the Senate will require bloggers who criticize Congress and reach audiences of more than 500 to register and file quarterly reports with Congress — or risk jail time. Mike Dunford of The Questionable Authority decided […]

January 17, 2007 The Pump Handle

by Liz Borkowski  Via the Center for Media and Democracy, I’ve just learned about an article from the journal Tobacco Control that provides insight into yet another instructive facet of the Tobacco Wars: Philip Morris’s plan to combat the declining social acceptability of smoking. The article authors – P.A. McDaniel, E.A. Smith, and R.E. Malone – […]

January 17, 2007 The Pump Handle

By David Michaels Later today, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will hold a public meeting to consider issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers exposed to the chemical diacetyl. This chemical, a primary component of artificial butter flavor, has been implicated as a cause of bronchiolitis obliterans, a debilitating and sometimes […]

January 16, 2007 The Pump Handle

By Sheldon Krimsky ExxonMobil has already come under scrutiny for funding global warming deniers, but the company has also funded research that raises concerns about conflict of interest in litigation research. The company began funding litigation research after being hit with punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, and then cited that research […]

January 15, 2007 The Pump Handle 3Comment

By David Michaels The outbreak of severe lung disease caused by exposure to diacetyl, the chemical that makes food taste like artificial butter flavor, is growing. According to the California Department of Health Services, there are now eight known cases of severe obstructive lung disease among workers exposed to diacetyl, with three more reported cases […]