Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland’s role in ending orca breeding at SeaWorld

Lots of mid-sized developments led to SeaWorld’s big announcement that it is putting an immediate end to its orca-breeding program. Among them were a 2012 book about “the dark side” of captive killer whales, the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” public discomfort with the practice, and declining revenues and attendance at SeaWorld theme parks. Less well known […]

Supreme Court nominee ruled against SeaWorld

Merrick Garland, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, issued a court ruling that prompted SeaWorld to permanently ban trainers from swimming with killer whales during shows. Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, was one […]

Study indicates 3-D printing could release dangerous toxins

Schools have used 3-D printers to build everything from robot parts to iPod cases. Although 3-D printing has clear benefits, a recent study revealed a major concern. According to researchers, the problem lies in the process of creating 3-D printed material. The study indicated that certain plastics, such as ABS, nylon and polycarbonate, used in […]

Why do butane hash oil labs keep exploding?

Videos of explosions at various BHO production facilities keep surfacing online – and the images of Breaking Bad-style labs threatening to blow up the neighborhood are setting back the public perception of cannabis as a legitimate medicine. But making concentrates isn’t a sure-fire recipe for disaster, provided it’s done properly. In the case of one […]

Worker burned after explosion in Wisconsin

A Minnesota man was severely burned after a fertilizer operation inside a semi-trailer exploded Wednesday in the town of Rush River, Wisconsin. A law enforcement official said the trailer became fully engulfed in fire and exploded while four contracted workers ran a fertilizer system inside it. River Falls Journal (River Falls, Wisc.)

Fed-OSHA reviewing electrician’s death at Kansas City office building

Fed-OSHA officials are reviewing an electrician’s death Tuesday at a Kansas City, North office building construction site. One witness told police he believed the 40-year-old worker may have been electrocuted, as he had a burn mark or blister on his right palm. An electrical current sensing device was found beside him on the floor. Kansas […]

Fed-OSHA says grain company has track record of violations

A Fed-OSHA spokes person said Thursday CPI had been cited 12 times in the last five years for safety violations at four Nebraska facilities, in the wake of the death of a 41-year-old worker. The Adams County attorney said the accident was related to an auger at a grain bin. NBC Nebraska (Hastings, Neb.) [with […]

Denver man concerned over black mold, white powder found inside apartment unit

A Denver man is blaming black mold and a suspicious white powder inside his apartment for causing him respiratory problems and other health issues. A Colorado building expert Listou says gypsum is found in gypcrete and it’s also used in drywall, even toothpaste and chalk. Fed-OSHA list gypsum as potentially causing irritation of eyes and […]

Company cited by Fed-OSHA in connection with death on Ohio project

An Ohio company has been cited by Fed-OSHA in connection with the death of a construction worker on a City of Hillsboro project last fall. Fed-OSHA has announced citations against Stauffer Site Service, with penalties of $90,000, according to WLWT TV News. Highland County Press (Hillsboro, Ohio)