Planning & Growth

Texas Fertilizer Explosion Re-Raises Buried Hazmat Disclosure Issues

News stories about the April 17, 2013, explosion of a fertilizer storage plant in the town of West, Texas that killed 15 people have so far focused on the plant operator's risk-disclosure failure, instead of the likely fact that government agencies knew the nature and magnitude of the hazard — or should have known. The bigger story is the regulatory failure — and industry's decades-long campaign to keep the public ignorant of the threats they face. Photo: AP/LM Otero/Available through Creative Commons.

North Carolina: "GOP Is Poised To Restructure Coastal Oversight"

"Republican legislators’ plan to take over key state commissions would remake the Coastal Resources Commission in a way that could strain a decades-long partnership with federal regulators.

At stake is $2.5 million in federal funds the state receives each year to help protect the environment in a federal-state partnership that has afforded North Carolina local control of coastal development permits.

Source: Charlotte Observer, 02/19/2013
March 25, 2013

DEADLINE: Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR)

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has just launched a media-funding project that aims to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The deadline to submit an application is March 25, 2013.


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