Chemical and Engineering News reported in July 2020 that 3M and Alabama have signed a consent order to apply tighter controls on the fluorochemicals 3M releases from its plant located in Decatur, Alabama. The company also agreed to perform toxicity analysis on five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) it manufactures. 3M does not have to pay a…

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Generators are used to access much-needed relief after a storm when the power has gone out. Portable backup generators generate carbon monoxide (CO), which is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas that can kill someone in only a few minutes. Some research has shown that the use of portable generators and subsequent carbon monoxide poisoning…

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Enjoying the outdoors is a pastime in Alabama. One of the outdoor activities enjoyed by many people is riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Although  riding these vehicles can be fun and exhilarating, it takes just one error in judgment or unfortunate turn of events on difficult terrain to cause a serious accident. According to the Consumer…

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There are numerous reports and lawsuits now asserting that these products are defective and that the defects are causing serious injuries and deaths. The defects are centered around the vaping devices and the chemicals that are used in these devices. Manufacturers of defective products which cause any type of physical harm can be held strictly…

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Currently, the personal use of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Alabama with possible penalties of a year in jail and a $6,000 fine. The sale, cultivation, and trafficking in marijuana is a felony. But this may change in the coming months, as the state is considering legalizing the medical use of marijuana. But should they?…

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An electrical burn occurs when an individual is handling a product which conducts electricity, like a live wire or a malfunctioning appliance. While an initial electric shock may send a tingling sensation throughout the body, under certain circumstances, people can experience severe electrical burn injuries. An individual may sustain burn injuries on any part of…

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We’re certainly all aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. However, drug-impaired driving (or driving under the influence) is rapidly becoming a big problem on our highways – particularly with the rise in opioid abuse and recreational marijuana. However, one of the major issues with prosecuting drugged drivers is that many fast-metabolizing drugs can…

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