Disasters

‘The Lungs of Our Region Are on Fire:’ Wildfires Exact a Punishing Toll

"For much of this week and last, devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean has grabbed front-page headlines. But wildfires in the West have been wreaking destruction of their own, though it has attracted less attention. Vast swaths of land have burned, choking the air with ash and smoke."

Source: NY Times, 09/11/2017

"EPA Requests Documents, Details From Arkema After Explosions"

"The Environmental Protection Agency wants answers from Arkema. On the same day first-responders sued the company for exposing them to toxic fumes, the EPA sent an eight page letter demanding a long list of documents and details on the incident at the Crosby plant."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 09/11/2017

"AP Exclusive: Toxic Sites In Likely Path Of Irma"

"MIAMI -- Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in anticipation of storm surges and heavy rains."

Source: AP, 09/11/2017

Lawsuit: Responders Describe Vomiting, Gasping At Texas Chemical Plant

"A group of first responders exposed to smoke from a Crosby, Tex., chemical plant fire after Hurricane Harvey are suing the owner of the plant for more than $1 million, saying that they vomited and gasped for air in the middle of the road in a scene the suit describes as 'nothing less than chaos.'"

Source: Washington Post, 09/08/2017

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