The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
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Six people were charged in federal court Tuesday with filing false claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the 2018 Camp Fire. One of those charged appeared in several news outlets about Camp Fire recovery, including CapRadio.
The settlement is subject to approval by a bankruptcy court as part of the PG&E's Chapter 11 filing. It also covers claims from the 2015 Butte Fire and 2016 Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland.
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued a one-year moratorium on cancelling the home insurance policies of customers who live in areas impacted by the 2019 wildfires.
A technology developed to detect power line problems before blackouts and bigger disasters could help prevent wildfires. It's being tested by PG&E and Southern California Edison, two utilities blamed for devastating wildland blazes in California.
Cal Fire says wildfires are still a possibility into December even with a strong winter storm sweeping through the state, and it’s not ready to draw down its seasonal firefighters just yet.