Disasters

"Blackout Hits Northern Puerto Rico Following Fire, Explosion"

"An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history."

Source: Washington Post, 02/12/2018

California’s Wildfire Risk Is Rising. Congress Missed A Chance To Help.

"Forestry experts have a dire warning for California: the conditions are ripe for more catastrophic fire seasons like the one last fall. And an arcane federal funding arrangement is making it a lot harder for forestry officials to do something about it. Instead of fixing the problem, however, Congress just punted — again."

Source: McClatchy, 02/09/2018

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in Water’s Path

"Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding."

Source: NY Times, 02/06/2018

Trump to Again Propose Eliminating Chemical Safety Board, Official Says

"President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal will again call for ending the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent agency that investigates major industrial accidents, according to a senior government official familiar with the plan."

Source: Bloomberg, 02/02/2018

Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Coating

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes."

Source: InsideClimate News, 02/02/2018

FEMA Says It Will Keep Providing Water, Other Essentials In Puerto Rico

"The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday it would continue providing water, meals and other essentials to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico despite earlier reports its humanitarian mission in the U.S. territory would end on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 02/01/2018

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