Disasters

Fighting Wildfires Is Expensive, But Congress Refuses To Pay the Bill

"As Congress headed home for the Christmas break after passing a budget deal, Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack presented lawmakers with an angry ultimatum: Put up more cash if you want the U.S. Forest Service to keep putting out huge wildfires."

Source: Wash Post, 12/21/2015

"As Sea Levels Rise, Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Ready?"

"Just east of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, off Florida's Biscayne Bay, two nuclear reactors churn out enough electricity to power nearly a million homes. The Turkey Point plant is licensed to continue doing so until at least 2032. At some point after that, if you believe the direst government projections, a good part of the low-lying site could be underwater. So could at least 13 other U.S. nuclear plants, as the world’s seas continue to rise."

Source: National Geographic, 12/18/2015

"Blankenship Guilty of Conspiring To Violate Mine Safety Rules"

"Former Massey Energy Co. chief executive Don Blankenship, once one of the most powerful men in the region’s coal industry, was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners died in an April 2010 explosion."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 12/04/2015

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