Regulation

Hair Styling Laws
5:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Oregon House Set To Vote On Natural Hair Care Measure

BBC World Service

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:27 pm

African-American hair stylists are asking the Oregon legislature to scale back the rules surrounding traditional braiding techniques. The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would ease the training requirements for hair treatments that don't involve chemicals.

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Marijuana Laws
5:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars Allowing Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington. But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffeeshops. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Trampoline Regulations
6:52 am
Fri March 29, 2013

New State Rules Forbid Bouncy Houses And Trampolines For Childcare Programs

A child enjoys a bouncy house in Washington.
Credit Amy Radil / Northwest News Network

Kids in daycamps and childcare programs in Washington are spending less time airborne these days. New state regulations forbid childcare providers from using trampolines and inflatable bouncy houses. State officials say the rule change was based on safety concerns. But doctors say bouncy houses don’t pose the same risks as trampolines. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Food Safety
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A Long Road To Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public. The new rules were triggered by a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Twenty years ago Seattle was at the epicenter of one of the earliest and most notorious. Hundreds of people got sick from eating contaminated burgers. Ruby de Luna has this story of one family’s experience.

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Colorado Pot Law
7:28 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Colorado Marijuana Task Force Makes Recommendations

A Colorado task force has created recommendations for the state's regulation of recently-legalized marijuana.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's task force on recreational marijuana wrapped up it’s work last night. We now have a better idea of what the industry will look like, who can buy marijuana, and how to protect kids. That is: if the recommendations are adopted by the State legislature. Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus reports.

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Tanning Salons
6:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Continue Fight Against Indoor Tanning

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Research shows if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you are more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why legislators in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been considering proposals to bar teenagers from indoor tanning salons. A bill in the Washington legislature to do this has died for the fourth year. But the idea is still alive in Salem and Boise.

Jessica Hewlett is just 22 years old and already a cancer survivor. Last March, her primary doctor sent her to a dermatologist because of a mole on her stomach.

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Clean Water Act
6:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Idaho Town Struggles With Clean Water Act Requirements

This is the new municipal wastewater treatment plant. It officially opened in 2007. It has been used to treat industrial waste until a more permanent fix can be put in place
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

40 years ago Thursday, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to reduce pollution in America’s waterways. Even four decades later, hundreds of towns across the Northwest are failing to meet clean water standards for their wastewater treatment plants. For most, that means costly upgrades and higher fees for households and businesses. The southern Idaho town of Burley is no exception. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Gold Mining Regulations
6:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Court Rules For New Regulation Of Gold Mining In Western Salmon Streams

Gold mining with small dredges is popular in the rural Northwest. Today, the 9th circuit court ruled that the Forest Service has to strengthen its regulation of this kind of mining in salmon streams. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Lead Regulations
6:44 am
Thu May 17, 2012

CDC Cuts Lead Poisoning Threshold

Correspondent John Ryan of Seattle station KUOW has been investigating lead pollution in the Northwest. Lead has been known for centuries to be a powerful poison. Even small concentrations can lower children's IQs and cause permanent brain damage. As John reports, the federal government now says children's brains are even more sensitive to lead than previously thought.

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