June 18, 2010 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday fined the American Red Cross $16 million, alleging that the organization had been slipshod in the collection and manufacture of blood products. It was the latest in a string of multimillion-dollar penalties for failure to meet blood safety standards. Despite the most recent violations, there is no indication that patients or the blood supply were endangered, "and the blood supply is believed to be safe," the FDA said in a statement.
June 14, 2010 |
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean. And the Marshall Islands, a maze of tiny atolls, many smaller than the ill-fated oil rig, outsourced many of its responsibilities to private companies.
June 10, 2009 |
Four months after a fatal commuter plane crash that pointed to holes in pilot competency, the federal government Tuesday launched an investigation of the nation's smaller airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration's vow to step up inspections of how regional airlines train -- and work -- their pilots was issued under the pressure of congressional hearings that begin today. The hearings will explore pilot workforce issues at regional carriers and the FAA's scrutiny of airline safety standards.
March 12, 2008 |
Southwest Airlines Co., accused of operating planes that had missed key safety inspections, said Tuesday that it had placed three employees on leave and hired an outside expert to review its maintenance procedures. The Dallas-based airline also said it had promised federal regulators that it would fix any shortcomings in its system of tracking maintenance work. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $10.2-million civil penalty -- the largest ever against an airline -- after finding that Southwest had missed safety inspections for dozens of planes, then kept flying some of them before they could be examined.
April 3, 2006 |
Mexican authorities said Sunday they had halted flights by regional airline Aerocalifornia because of safety concerns after inspections showed serious deficiencies. The transport ministry said Aerocalifornia operations were suspended after inspections showed it had failed to make improvements ordered under a review 15 months ago.
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January 1, 2004 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will perform a special structural safety inspection of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which was rocked by last week's magnitude 6.5 earthquake along the Central Coast. No damage was found after inspections by operator Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and two NRC inspectors on site at the time of the Dec. 22 quake. But the federal agency is sending a structural engineering expert next week to conduct further inspections. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.