Food safety advocates hailed the Senate move as the most sweeping reform of food safety in decades prompted by an alarming rise in the numbers of people who die or suffer illness from contaminated food.
Chemists had been looking for the likely origin of certain chemicals that appear as contaminants in human blood. Apparently, they're from food packaging.
The United Mine Workers hailed as "a tremendous step forward" a decision by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to cut coal miners' exposure to lethal coal mine dust in half.
Another offshore oil rig exploded and burned in the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 2, 80 miles south of the Louisiana coast.
WASHINGTON---The recall of half a billion eggs blamed in a nationwide salmonella outbreak has pushed to the top of the Senate agenda enactment of a long-stalled bill to strengthen federal food safety enforcement.
Government officials confirmed today that oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface is traveling in clouds through large areas of the subsea Gulf of Mexico. At a news briefing, Jane Lubchenko, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the subsea oil was found 42 miles northeast of the well site and also 142 miles to the southeast.
As oil washes up on Florida beaches, scores of cleanup workers are falling ill.
Workers struggling to stem the oil flow on the Gulf Coast are falling ill and some are filing class actions suits against BP.
Women who have spent their lives fighting oil company pollution and profiteering denounced Dick Cheney and the company he once headed for their role in the oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.
The explosion on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig was the fourth oil industry accident in two weeks that has killed or seriously injured workers. "The industry is long overdue for a complete overhaul of its health and safety provisions," says one union official.