Disasters

"Judge OKs Nearly $25 Billion For PG&E Fire Victims, Insurers"

"A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved two Pacific Gas & Electric settlements totaling $24.5 billion to help pay the losses suffered by homeowners, businesses and insurers in the aftermath of catastrophic Northern California wildfires that sent the nation’s largest utility into a financial morass."

Source: AP, 12/19/2019

Trump Picks Aide Who Backed Him During Dorian Controversy To Head NOAA

"The acting chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who backed the agency for siding with President Trump over its own scientists when the president claimed Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian is being nominated for a position at the Department of Commerce, the White House said Wednesday."

Source: The Hill, 12/19/2019

Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Harvey Damage From Two Dams

"A federal judge on Tuesday ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was liable for damage caused by its decision to retain floodwaters upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey, a move that caused severe and widespread flooding to homes and businesses on the far-west outreaches of the Houston region."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/18/2019

EPA Watchdog Finds Air Pollution Monitoring Fell Short During Harvey

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General found that state and federal environmental regulators didn't start monitoring air quality soon enough during the monster storm, which brought a spike in hazardous emissions from industrial facilities."

Source: Texas Tribune, 12/17/2019

Bad News For N.J.: ‘Dramatic’ Sea Level Rise, Floods, Stronger Storms

"New Jersey is projected to experience “dramatic” sea level rise through the rest of this century, bringing worsening storm surges and more regular flooding to the Garden State, according to a new report released by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday."

Source: Newark Star-Ledger, 12/13/2019

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