"Nearly six years after a defective natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, a federal court jury convicted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday of obstructing the federal probe of the blast and of violating pipeline safety laws both before and after the disaster."
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- Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 08/10/2016
"A Texas baby born with Zika-related birth defects has died, officials said Tuesday, the first death related to the virus in the state."Source: STAT, 08/10/2016
"A wildfire burning out of control in mountains and foothills east of Los Angeles mushroomed more than 50 percent overnight, forcing authorities to order three school districts to cancel classes due to heavy smoke and dangerous conditions."
"Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers."Source: Wash Post, 08/10/2016
"Two former Republican administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton, becoming the latest in a series of one-time GOP government officials to back the Democratic presidential nominee over Donald Trump."Source: Wash Post, 08/10/2016
"U.S. states should force coal companies to set aside collateral to pay for future mine cleanups and protect taxpayers as the industry braces for further declines, a leading federal regulator said on Tuesday."
"From Appalachia to Wyoming, surging demand for cheap natural gas, tougher environmental regulations and multiple coal company bankruptcies have left behind a devastated coal business, lost jobs and billions of dollars in cleanup work. Many of the jobs are gone for good, but ex-miners can repair the damaged land and shape a post-coal economy, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on a recent visit to coal country, offering up a future starkly different from Donald Trump's."
"A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) nuclear waste processing plant following protests by local residents concerned about health risks."
"North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration on Tuesday again lashed out against a state toxicologist who said in sworn testimony he worried that state officials cleared well water near Duke Energy coal ash pits as safe to drink despite a chemical known to cause cancer."Source: AP, 08/10/2016
"In latest legal briefs over Exxon's challenge to her investigation, Maura Healey says company continues to deny climate impacts on its business."Source: InsideClimate News, 08/10/2016
"Accusing US President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of destroying millions of jobs through their anti-energy regulations, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to the US."Source: Press Trust of India, 08/09/2016
"A Southern California wildfire has surged in size and put thousands of homes in potential peril. Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as the blaze on Monday forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes."Source: AP, 08/09/2016
"One year ago — on Aug. 5, 2015 — an EPA crew at the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of orange water filled with mercury and arsenic."Source: NPR, 08/09/2016
"Rising global temperatures are clearly linked to increasing waterborne food poisoning, particularly from eating raw oysters, along with other nasty infections, a new study shows."Source: AP, 08/09/2016
"Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new energy law on Monday that could give a huge boost to the country’s offshore wind industry. The legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed last week by the state legislature, includes the nation’s biggest commitment to offshore wind energy, requiring utilities to procure a combined 1,600 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind farms in a little over 10 years."Source: Wash Post, 08/09/2016