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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has released preliminary data from the 2012 national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), including a summary (both dated 22 August 2013). The preliminary data indicate that there were 4,383 fatal injuries in the US in 2012 and this represents a new record low figure compared with previous years.

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) announced Final Rules on 27 August 2013 that will amend employment discrimination law at the following citations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that North Carolina-based discount retailer Family Dollar Inc (Family Dollar) has paid US$602,438 to resolve allegations that it misbranded pesticides in breach of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 1996 (US) (FIFRA) (further information).

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Big West Oil has agreed to spend approximately US$18 million to "install emission controls at its refinery in North Salt Lake, Utah" following allegations that it breached the Clean Air Act (US) (further information).

Steel Company to Improve Pollution Controls

29 Aug 2013
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Kentucky-based AK Steel Corporation (AK Steel) is to pay federal and state authorities a total of US$1.65 million to resolve allegations that it breached laws including the Clean Air Act (US) (further information) at an Ashland facility used for AK Steel's production processes.

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that RPM International Inc and building materials manufacturing subsidiary Tremco Inc (Tremco) have paid the federal government US$60.9 million to settle allegations that Tremco overcharged on its roofing supplies and services contracts with the government.

Published in Government Contracting

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Mississippi-based laboratory operator and owner Tennie White has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for "lying to federal investigators" and "faking laboratory testing results".

Published in Records Management

The government of Canadian province British Columbia (BC) has announced that Powerex has agreed to pay a number of parties, including the Attorney General and utility companies of the United States (US) state of California (CA), US$273 million as part of a settlement to resolve claims related to the 2000-01 CA energy crisis "that resulted in rolling blackouts and record-high electricity prices".

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Florida-based cheque authorisation service company Certegy Check Services Inc (Certegy) is to pay US$3.5 million in what FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection senior attorney Lesley Fair says is "the second-largest civil penalty ever in [a Fair Credit Reporting Act] case". The FTC stated that the settlement follows the FTC's first action alleging breaches of the Furnisher Rule that commenced in 2010.

Published in Consumer Protection

The United States (US) Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have released Business Continuity Planning (undated), a staff advisory on "business continuity and disaster recovery planning" that follows a review conducted by regulators of the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on business.

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