Disasters

"Report Shows Schools Vulnerable to Toxic Exposure"

"NBC 5 Investigates has analyzed data released by a Washington D.C.-based research group and found dozens of facilities across the Chicago area that store or use toxic chemicals which - if released in an accidental leak or explosion - could directly affect hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and suburbs."

Source: NBC Chicago, 10/01/2014

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

"It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey, devastating cities throughout the region. As cities and towns along the coast consider how to prepare for future weather patterns, and avert the kind of damage that happened in 2012, a two-pronged response has emerged — a kind of municipal fight-or-flight response."

Source: NPR, 09/29/2014

US Fails To Address Coastal, Inland Flood Risks, Civil Engineers Say

"Nine years after levee failures flooded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and two years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the nation has failed to determine the flooding risks faced by communities across the United States, the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a new report."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/26/2014
September 26, 2014

Kids in Danger Zones: One in Three Schoolchildren at Risk from Chemical Catastrophes

The Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) is releasing a new report tracing which schools are close enough to toxic and hazardous chemicals to endanger kids. Join the webinar on Friday, September 26, 2014,  2-2:30 Eastern, to preview the report, called “Kids in Danger Zones: One in Three Schoolchildren at Risk from Chemical Catastrophes.”

Constitution Wins After Court Imposes Prior Restraint on Pipeline Safety Info

As a nationwide newspaper chain probed safety threats posed to the public by gas pipelines, an Alabama court imposed prior restraint on the Montgomery Advertiser, to prevent it from publishing the Alabama Gas Corporation's safety plan, citing homeland security and trade secrets. Now a judge has ruled that the court erred in granting a temporary restraining order.

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