Environmental Politics

High-Hazard Chem Plants — Can Secrecy Substitute for Safety?

Reflexive secrecy has been a hallmark of government efforts to deal with highly hazardous chemical facilities in recent decades. Another reminder of that secrecy came in an April 11, 2016, piece in Greenwire by Sam Pearson.  Photo: The fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that exploded in 2013, killing 15 people, by Shane Torgerson, courtesy of Wikipedia.

"‘Blackout Blackmail’: New Report Casts Doubt On Utility’s Claims"

"A new report calls into question — again — California’s handling of this winter’s historic natural gas leak, this time suggesting that regulators and the gas company are purposely scaring the community and legislature into putting the storage facility back online."

Source: Climate Progress, 04/13/2016

WA State Seeks Millions In Damages From Grocery Manufacturers In Trial

"The [Washington] state attorney general's office is taking a powerful Washington, D.C., lobby, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, to court, seeking damages over money laundering in a 2013 initiative campaign."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 04/12/2016

"Think Tank With Fossil-Fuel Ties Subpoenaed in AG's Climate Inquiry"

"The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank and one of the fossil fuel industry's most steadfast allies, disclosed on Thursday that the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is demanding to see records of the group's donors and activities involving climate policy."

Source: InsideClimate News, 04/08/2016

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