Disasters

"Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science"

"In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear establishment largely disregarded the potentially destructive force of the walls of water. The word did not even appear in government guidelines until 2006, decades after plants — including the Fukushima Daiichi facility that firefighters are still struggling to get under control — began dotting the Japanese coastline."

Source: NY Times, 03/28/2011

"Republicans Support 'Monumental' Climate Measure For Roads"

"Congress is looking to strengthen the nation's transportation network by making it better able to withstand the effects of climate change, even as government agencies spend billions of dollars to fix roads after natural disasters."

Source: ClimateWire, 08/14/2019

"Oil And Gas: Republicans Push DOT To Quash Wash. Crude-By-Rail Law"

"A group of House and Senate Republicans are pressing the Department of Transportation to intervene against a Washington state law that they say could prevent the shipment of Bakken crude oil and natural gas to Pacific Northwest ports and refiners."

Source: E&E News PM, 08/09/2019

"Neutralization Of Hydrofluoric Acid To Begin At Philly Refinery"

"Workers at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia began neutralizing tens of thousands of barrels of a highly toxic chemical this week. The refinery is shutting down after an explosion and fire destroyed part of the plant. The company has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy."

Source: WESA, 08/09/2019

"At Dangerous Kentucky Dams, Locals Aren’t Prepared For Disaster"

"The Loch Mary Reservoir holds enough water to fill about 715 Olympic-sized swimming pools. All that stands between that wall of water and Annette Rudolph’s Earlington, Kentucky neighborhood is a 95-year-old earthen dam, deteriorating and seeping water."

Source: KyCIR, 08/07/2019

"Climate Liability Is On The Rise. Here's What It Looks Like"

"From insurance claims to adaptation concerns to fiduciary duty violations, companies and federal agencies could be on the hook for climate change's consequences, beyond the nuisance and constitutional claims already raised in high-profile litigation."

Source: ClimateWire, 08/06/2019

"Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?"

"U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required."

Source: YaleE360, 08/06/2019

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