Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

03/28/2011

EPA Crisis Communications Plan: Accurate, Timely, Approved Information

EPA's Plan, approved back on January 15, 2009, mandates giving "understandable, timely, accurate, and consistent information to the public." The plan laudably emphasizes coordination with other agencies  — but it also leads to strong message control.

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August 11, 2015

NPF Webinar: The Cost of Violent Weather

Weather is the most durable of news topics, especially when it surprises with extremes. We’ll explore violent weather events and how to track the cost of catastrophic storms in this free webinar at 1:00 p.m. on Aug 11, featuring Washington Post Weather Editor Jason Samenow and other experts.

Railroads Won't Disclose Where — and When — 'Bomb Trains' Are Traveling

"The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has doubled down on a demand that railroads notify state officials when large shipments of crude oil move through their towns, even as two of the largest rail companies fight in court to keep some of the information hidden from the public."

07/27/2015

"Enbridge Anniversary: Profiles From the Frontlines of an Oil Spill"

"The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. today teems with kayakers paddling amid swimming turtles, buzzing dragonflies and fish that leap from the water—with few visible scars of the environmental disaster that struck the riverside community five years ago."

07/27/2015

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