The Lessons of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire May Be Lost 100 Years Later

Screams of “Don’t jump!” echoed through the canyons of tall buildings. More than 50 bodies littered the streets surrounding 23 Washington Place, so many that New York City’s fire trucks were unable to get close enough to raise their ladders. … Continue reading

U.S. nuke industry says taxpayers won’t pay for a meltdown here. Oh, really?

The U.S. nuclear industry says it would pick up the entire tab should a catastrophic wipeout of multiple reactors happen on American soil. Insurance and risk assessment experts say that’s not even close to the truth, and taxpayers would get … Continue reading

When Nuke Planning For The Worst Is Not Enough.

The four decomposing nuclear reactors rocked by the earthquake, tsunami and explosions in Japan are worrisome on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to start the list. Emergency plans for nuke plants seem fine until reality rears back … Continue reading

Does anyone in Washington realize that people will die if these budget cuts are instituted?

The round-the-clock nattering on cable channels and blog sites about the often politically motivated desire to slice the federal budget drowns out this reality: Lives will be lost if these cut are made. You have to wonder whether the Republican-controlled … Continue reading

We finally have a new food safety law. So why are the Republicans alrealy trying to gut it?

It took 73 years to finally pass updated laws designed to  protect America’s food supply from lethal bacteria and the fraud, sloppiness, and mishandling of food processors. The battle over the language was hard fought yet still effective. The demanded … Continue reading

Lawyer spends $500,000 to prove that USDA allows sale of millions of pounds of dangerous meat.

It’s easy to suspect ulterior motives when a lawyer says the sky is falling or this or that can kill you.  But in the case of William Marler, who many believe is one of the nation’s leading food safety lawyers, … Continue reading

USDA may find courage to outlaw bacteria in your burgers that sickens 30,000 a year.

Do you ever wonder why the beef industry and government warn consumers to “cook the life out of your burgers?” To understand what’s behind these words of caution we need to discuss some facts, acronyms, how the food poisoning, especially … Continue reading

Some E-cig users don’t like the safety of their vapor-generating devices questioned

Sometimes people don’t like what I write.  That’s okay. Journalism has never been a popularity contest for me.  I write what I think people need to know. Some topics spark unbelievably vitriolic reactions.  But the stories I wrote today for  … Continue reading

A ringside look and score card for the BPA battle

Natural Resources Defense Council’s senior scientist Jeniffer Saas has cranked out another of her easily understood explanations of complex scientific brouhahas. She lays out the efforts of both sides in the seemingly unending battle to eliminate bisphenol A from consumer … Continue reading

Lifesaving drugs may be killing health workers

This is an important story that hasn’t been written before. Carol Smith, a skilled reporter and gifted writer, has documented something that had been rumored for years to be killing medical professionals, proven in peer-reviewed studies, but ignored by government … Continue reading