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Lac Mégantic: capitalism’s train wreck

On July 6, around 1:15 AM, an unattended 74-car freight train filled with crude oil derailed and exploded in the center of the town of Lac Mégantic, Québec. This catastrophe was avoidable with even the slightest attention to safety, and is a result of cutting corners to save money, and the lack of anyone in charge taking responsibility for any aspect of the negligence, including those in the government. Continue reading

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Black lung disease increasing in youth

From the new September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters: Black lung disease increasing in youth Detroit, Mich.–An alarming increase in black lung disease (pneumoconiosis) among coal miners is raising serious questions about the effectiveness of coal dust suppression in the nation’s mines. … Continue reading

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Workshop Talks: Chevron refinery’s ‘acceptable risks’

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks Chevron refinery’s ‘acceptable risks’ by Htun Lin On Aug. 6, a huge toxic plume, caused by a massive fire from a leak at the Chevron refinery, spread over Richmond, … Continue reading

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Nurses demand safety

From the March-April issue of News & Letters: Nurses demand safety Editor’s note: On Jan. 19, after months of inaction regarding the murder of Donna Gross at Napa State Hospital (see “Losing nurses and patients for profit,” Jan.-Feb. N&L), the … Continue reading

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