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Churches can be Energy Stars, too (9/2)

September 2, 2009
America’s houses of worship can now earn the Energy Star label, joining the nation’s schools, hospitals, hotels, and other facilities in their efforts to fight climate change, save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, according to an EPA press release. Use of Portfolio Manager allows facilities to track energy use and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, set targets for investment priorities and verify efficiency improvements. Now the estimated 370,000 houses of worship across the United States can use Portfolio Manager to receive an energy performance rating, and the most energy efficient among them can earn the Energy Star label.
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Rochester, N.Y., waste collection company's failure to correct safety hazards results in additional $304,200 in fines from OSHA (9/2)

September 2, 2009
Heberle Disposal Service Inc., a Rochester, N.Y., solid waste collection company, faces an additional $304,200 in fines from OSHA for failing to correct hazards cited during a 2008 inspection and for new and recurring safety hazards at its Alvanar Road worksite.
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OSHA proposes more than $47,000 in fines for process safety management hazards at Boston seafood company (9/2)

September 2, 2009
OSHA has cited Stavis Seafoods Inc. for 15 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards at its Channel Street distribution and processing facility in Boston. The seafood company faces a total of $47,250 in proposed fines, chiefly for deficiencies in its process safety management (PSM) program.
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Illinois OSHA public employee protection plan receives federal approval (9/2

September 2, 2009
Illinois yesterday became the newest state to receive approval from OSHA to administer its own occupational safety and health plan for public employees in the state.
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Report: Cell phone users at risk for brain tumors (9/1)

September 1, 2009
A new report, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone,” was released today by a collaborative of international EMF activists, according to press release from ElectromagneticHealth.org.
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AIHA reflects on Sen. Kennedy's contributions to worker health and safety (9/1)

September 1, 2009
Upon hearing of the death of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) offered its condolences to the Kennedy family and commented that occupational health and safety has lost a strong supporter who will be hard to replace, according to an association press release. AIHA President Cathy L. Cole, CIH, CSP, said that throughout the years Senator Kennedy has been a friend to both AIHA and the profession of industrial hygiene.
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Acting OSHA chief Barab and Houston Mayor Bill White address VPPPA conference attendees (9/1)

September 1, 2009
Acting OSHA Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab and Houston Mayor Bill White addressed more than 2,800 attendees at the Opening General Session of the 25th Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc. (VPPPA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
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VPPPA honors annual award winners (9/1)

September 1, 2009
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc. (VPPPA) honored the winners of the VPPPA Annual Awards during the Opening General Session of the 25th Annual National VPPPA Conference in San Antonio, Texas, according to an organization press release.
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AIHA® applauds chemical industry's support for reform (8/31)

August 30, 2009

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has lent its support to the chemical industry and other groups in their efforts to seek more robust federal regulation of chemicals. AIHA’s support follows the chemical industry’s recent announcement that it is open to substantial changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


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EPA seeks comments on new information about geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (8/31)

August 30, 2009
EPA announced it is requesting comments on new information it has received about geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. During geologic sequestration, carbon dioxide is injected underground for long-term storage. This technology can be used to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
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