The investigation of a fire and explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 14 people hasn’t pinpointed the cause, which may include a faulty golf cart, the facility’s electrical system or an intentional act.
Political labels fell aside after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three as Americans “united in concern for our fellow citizens,” said President Barack Obama, a Democrat. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, urged the country to “come together with grace and strength.”
The Texas plant that was the scene of a deadly explosion this week was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985. The risk plan it filed with regulators listed no flammable chemicals. And it was cleared to hold many times the ammonium nitrate that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
Imagine that you own a small but rapidly growing company in Vermont, and that your products are starting to sell in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. You would probably hate it if those states forced you to comply with inconsistent and redundant regulatory requirements.
The U.S. Labor Department asked a court to compel Blackstone Group LP’s SeaWorld of Florida LLC to report how the marine theme park is easing hazards discovered after a trainer died in an attack by a killer whale.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to cut more than 1.9 million hours of annual reporting requirement for business, a step the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said would have little effect on companies.