• georgia Sep 16, 2018

    Florence by the Numbers

    Tropical Storm Florence has left at least 5 people dead since hitting the Carolina coast on Friday.

  • georgia Sep 16, 2018

    Toxic Waste Sites in Florence's Path Under Close Watch

    Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Florence have caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington, North Carolina, Duke Energy officials confirmed. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Saturday evening that about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash have been displaced at the Sutton Plant and that contaminated storm water likely...

  • chemical plants Mar 22, 2018

    Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Deeper Than Public Told

    A toxic onslaught from the nation’s petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property.

  • head Sep 4, 2017

    Harvey's Floodwaters Mix a Foul Brew of Sewage, Chemicals

    Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts. Houston already was notorious for sewer overflows following rainstorms. Now the system, with 40 wastewater treatment plants across the far-flung metropolis, faces an unprecedented challenge. Also stirred into...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2017

    Texas on Long Road to Recovery 9 Days After Harvey

    A city that lost its drinking water system is struggling to restore service and a crippled chemical plant that twice has been the scene of explosions remains a concern nine days after Harvey ripped across Texas. Officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake...

  • Massachusetts Sep 2, 2017

    Black Smoke, Flames Shoot Up Again From Texas Plant

    Explosions that rocked a Texas chemical plant after it was inundated by Harvey’s floodwaters are raising questions about the adequacy of industry preparations for the monster storm and stoking fears of more accidents in the days ahead.

  • Houston Sep 1, 2017

    Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston

    At least 2 tons of highly volatile chemicals used in such products as plastics and paint exploded and burned at a flood-crippled plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs....
    The blaze at the Arkema Inc. chemical plant burned out around midday, but emergency crews continued to hold back because...

  • Donald Trump Aug 31, 2017

    At Least 2 Dead as Harvey Slams Texas Coast, Causing ‘Catastrophic' Floods

    Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain Saturday night and Sunday morning after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline in a blow that killed at least two people and injured up to 14.

  • Donald Trump Aug 31, 2017

    Battered by Harvey, Houston Paralyzed by Harvey Floods

    Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2017

    'Catastrophic' Flooding Feared in Texas as Harvey Downgraded to Tropical Storm

    Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain Saturday after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline in a blow that killed at least two people and injured up to 14. Parts of the Houston area are now under a flash flood emergency as torrential rain falls in the area. Throughout the...

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2017

    Rising Floodwaters Trap Hundreds Stranded in Wake of Harvey

    Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help, and the National Hurricane Center said there is no promises of relief from the epic rains. In its 7 p.m. CDT...

  • Donald Trump Aug 28, 2017

    Harvey Lashes Texas Coast With High Wind, Torrential Rain

    Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas late Friday, lashing a wide swath of the Gulf Coast with strong winds and torrential rain from the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade.

  • Administrator Mar 15, 2017

    EPA Delays Chemical Storage Rule Amid Terrorism Fear

    The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. The rule was imposed after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded in 2013, killing 15 people. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. Pruitt’s action late Monday came...

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