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September 2019

Trump administration repeals a clean water law, putting the drinking water for millions of Americans at risk

On Thursday, the Trump administration finalized its plan to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule or WOTUS – an Obama-era rule that prohibits the dumping of industrial and agricultural pollution into sensitive waterways that provide tap water for more than 117 million Americans. Read more →


Be aware of scams if you’re recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian

When a natural disaster occurs, scammers are right there, adapting their fraudulent techniques to the latest emergency. If you suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian, or if you’re looking for ways to help those in need, you can get information at ftc.gov/weatheremergencies. Read more →


CFPB and seven states launch ‘innovation network’ that will approve new risky financial products and protect them from enforcement

The CFPB announced Tuesday that, working with seven state regulators, it launched the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network or ACFIN, a network that it said would "enhance coordination among federal and state regulators to facilitate financial innovation." Read more →


Consumer Reports replies to Impossible Foods’ criticism of its article on the company’s beef substitute burger

In response to Consumer Reports’ article “Meat Gets A Makeover” focusing on plant-based alternatives to traditional beef burgers, Impossible Foods published an attack on the motivations and methods behind the coverage of the safety of a key ingredient in the Impossible Burger. Read more →


Bloggers focus on change

The leaves are already beginning to change here in the Seattle area, so change and fall are in the air. Fall is definitely just around the corner. Laurie Stone from Musings, Rants & Scribbles is happy. Yes, spring is lovely and summer’s fun. Even old man winter has his icy... Read more →


Glass cooktops are being recalled by Whirlpool due to burn and fire hazards

Whirlpool is recalling about 26,300 Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir brand glass cooktops with touch controls in the United States, 2,800 in Canada, and 128 in Mexico. The recalled cooktop surface units can turn on by themselves, posing burn and fire hazards. Read more →


Bloggers get ready for fall

Summer is an amazing thing. I love it every year when it so nicely appears here in the Seattle area. However, shorter days and cooler nights remind us that it’s time to prepare for a new season’s activities and learn something new. This week, bloggers have some ideas to help... Read more →


Google-YouTube $170 million settlement for violations of kids’ privacy law too weak, critics say

Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to pay a record $170 million Wednesday to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s Office that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. Read more →