Checking these two lists may be the most important thing you do before you travel.

For the first time in two decades, the EPA successfully updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act allows for a long overdue revision of the Nations primary chemicals management law.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to recognize the sacrifices made by our service members in defense of this nation. The courageous men and women who served our country willingly risked their own lives to protect the freedoms that fuel our strength. They do so selflessly and with honor, placing the good of their fellow countrymen ahead of themselves.

Who among us hasn’t been startled by a large truck or bus whose driver appeared inattentive or was driving way too fast on the highway? If you lived to complain about it, consider yourself lucky. For thousands each year, these occurrences have deadly consequences. According to a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation, speed-limiting technology and new federal safety regulations may be the quickest, most reliable way to slow trucks and buses down across the board, saving lives along the way.

Unless you’re recreating a scene from Mission Impossible, you don’t typically expect your smartphone, laptop or e-cigarette to self-destruct. However, the lithium-ion battery packs have the potential to explode or catch fire without warning.

Judge Charles R. Breyer allowed objectors to voice their concerns today, but with less than 1 percent of the total class filing objections, Judge Breyer indicated that he is “strongly inclined” to approve the current arrangement.

Have you ever been driving down the road and been cut off? Of course, you have. The first thing you think is “who is driving that car?!” With advances in technology, the answer to that question could soon be “no one.”

Perhaps it’s an understatement to say that we are in the personal device age. What you may not know is that the technology that keeps most of those devices running is a lithium-ion battery pack and any device with one has the potential to explode or catch fire without warning.

Did you know that September is dedicated to ovarian cancer awareness? While this disease may only physically affect women, like all cancers, it touches so many more including brothers, husbands, children and friends.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Fifteen years ago thousands of lives were tragically stolen from us and thousands of survivors’ lives forever changed in the deadliest terrorist attack ever on American soil.