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OSHA’s Noise Proposal Prompts Questions

Some industry officials are expressing concern about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Oct. 19 proposed reinterpretation of its noise protection standards, with some saying OSHA should conduct a formal rulemaking to make the change. Read the full story »

Regulation expert blasts Boehner on questioning cost of rulemaking

Wake Forest law professor and regulation expert Sidney Schapiro on Friday blasted House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for criticizing plans by the Obama administration to implement 191 rules that would have an economic cost. Read the full story »

How Safe Are America’s Natural-Gas Pipelines?

There are 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States, enough to circle the Earth one hundred times. Last week’s deadly explosion near San Francisco raises a troubling question: are Americans living with unacceptable risk? Also, the US steps up drone attacks in Pakistan, and the first state visit by a Pope to Great Britain since the early 1500′s. Will he meet with priestly sex-abuse victims? Will he publicly apologize for the worldwide scandal? Read the full story »

Boehner’s Attack on Regulation Runs Afoul of Lessons From BP and Katrina

Eager to blame the state of the economy on the Administration, House Minority Leader John Boehner recently tried to argue that Administration’s regulatory agenda is standing in the way of recovery. Sadly for Boehner, he tried to make that case shortly before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and while the smell of the BP oil spill still lingers in the Gulf. By any reasonable measure those two incidents are among the costliest and most devastating examples of the human and monetary costs of lax regulation. Read the full story »

Gulf Oil Spill Shows Regulation is Not a Four-Letter Word

While calls for smaller government and more freedom for industry are common, the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico raises the question whether consumer safety is being jeopardized by a lack of effective regulation. Wake Forest University Law Professor Sidney Shapiro, one of the country’s leading experts on regulatory policy, says the solution may lie in reforming the regulatory system. Continue reading »

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Professor Sidney Shapiro testifies in front of Congress regarding regulatory failures

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Sidney Shapiro has told a congressional committee that certain industries, including oil and mining, have effectively “captured” portions of federal regulatory agencies, which have subsequently weakened health and safety protections for the American public.  Continue reading »

Danger on the Hill

The Capitol and other congressional buildings are rife with fire traps and other pervasive problems of age and dangerous design, with an estimated 6,300 safety hazards lurking on Capitol Hill this Congress. Read the full story »

U.S. Is Seeking a Fine of $16.4 Million Against Toyota

DETROIT — The Transportation Department said Monday it would seek a $16.4 million fine against Toyota, the largest allowed, because the company had failed to promptly notify the government about potential problems with accelerator pedals. Read the full story »

Why gov’t regulators seem unprepared

I don’t know that James Lentz did himself any favors on Capitol Hill today. Mr. Lentz is the president of Toyota USA. And he spent this Tuesday at the witness table in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at one point saying he’s not sure all of Toyota’s recalls will “totally solve” the problem its cars are having. Read the full story »

Regulators Hired by Toyota Helped Halt Acceleration Probes

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — At least four U.S. investigations into unintended acceleration by Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles were ended with the help of former regulators hired by the automaker, warding off possible recalls, court and government records show. Read the full story »