North Carolina environmental officials said they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called it the state's largest penalty for environmental damages.
When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory. They all believed the business and its precious fungal cultures that give soy sauce its unique taste were lost forever. Everyone except for Michihiro Kono, the ninth-generation son of the founding family.
The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fiery crashes. The proposal, posted online by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.
A judge scrapped the Netherlands' data retention law , saying that while it helps solve crimes it also breaches the privacy of telephone and Internet users. The ruling by a judge in The Hague followed a similar decision in April by the European Union's top court that wiped out EU data collection legislation it deemed too broad and offering too few privacy safeguards.
Authorities closed a 4-mile to 8-mile section of the Houston Ship Channel Monday after the tanker Carla Maersk and the bulk carrier Conti Peridot crashed in foggy conditions. Nobody was hurt, but some of the Carla Maersk's cargo — methyl tert-butyl ether or MTBE — was spilled.
The roof of a five-story cement factory under construction in Bangladesh collapsed Thursday, killing at least four workers and trapping many others. About 150 workers were on duty when the collapse occurred at Mongla in Bagerhat district, fire official Mizanur Rahman said.
Charges have been dismissed against a National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to investigators.
A new workshop session has been added to the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, as David Lindstedt, a professor at The Ohio State University, will present "Project Management Basics for Preparedness Planners" on Monday, April 20 from 1 to 3:45 p.m.
Infectious diseases are certainly not a new topic on here at Continuity Insights. Ebola, Measles and MERS have all been in the news cycle in the last year and have been covered extensively on the website and in the CI Bulletin. I am beginning to understand why experienced BC pros are concerned about and plan for infectious diseases even if the odds of getting them are unlikely.
The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), a nationwide non-profit organization focused on reducing the risk of targeted violence, will provide informational sessions, training, networking and experts’ insights at its Spring Regional Conference, March 30-31 in New York City.
Retailers and restaurants were among the hardest hit, as customers held off on big purchases or chose to stay at home rather than enjoy a night on the town. A survey released this week by Massachusetts business groups representing those and other industries reported sales dropped an average of 24 percent and payroll dropped about 7 percent among their small businesses members.
Another train derailment in northern Ontario has added new fuel to the ongoing debate over whether rail is a safe way of transporting crude oil. First Nations and environmentalists are among those expressing alarm over the derailment of a CN Rail train that caused several tank cars carrying crude oil to catch fire and spill into a local river system.
Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week.
Computer hackers stole 1 billion email addresses from U.S. marketing companies in what federal authorities called one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history. Three people were indicted on federal charges after they allegedly netted $2 million in commissions from millions of spam emails that routed recipients to websites selling software and other products.
Federal mine safety regulators issued more than a dozen citations to a West Virginia coal mine in the week before a Sunday accident that killed one worker and injured two others. Fourteen other injuries have occurred at the mine this year, MSHA records show. There were 47 injuries in 2014.