A cleanup plan for a chemical spill on ground beneath the shuttered North Pole refinery has been approved by the refinery owner and the state. The agreement is between Flint Hills Resources, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General for cleanup of sulfolane, a chemical used in refining.
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The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, delivered the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. Here is just a small excerpt from his talk.
A Northern California man was arrested Saturday on charges of starting a wildfire that devastated the lumber town of Weed last month, authorities said. Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, was taken into custody on felony counts of arson to inhabited structures, property and forest land.
Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads on Monday after a tropical cyclone killed at least eight people and demolished tens of thousands of mud huts in eastern India. Rescuers readied dozens of boats, helicopters and other aircraft to carry out relief operations once they obtained a clearer idea of the extent of damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states,
A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said. The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes.
New Jersey Transit is suing its insurers for more help paying to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The agency filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month claiming that Lloyds of London and other insurance companies capped payments after Sandy at $100 million, because that was the cap for flood damage.
A series of small wildfires that broke out along Interstate 80 burned one home, threatened dozens more and brought the partial shutdown of the key highway between Northern California and Nevada. The wildfires some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento grew to a combined 380 acres
Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, delivered the keynote address to officially open Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. Daniels talked about the lessons learned in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and how those lessons apply to resilience and the business continuity community.
Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters. The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.
A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. Both companies based in the building are considered "large-quantity generators of hazardous waste."
A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site. The deal to pump nuclear waste tank AY-102, announced , is between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington State Department of Ecology.
The 2014 Safe America WorldSafe Award recipients have been selected. The Safe America Foundation announced that the winners will be presented their recognition on Saturday, November 8 at a gala dinner at the new Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. Among those selected this year are a number of individuals, firms, government agencies and NGOs.
Flooding in Kashmir in early September killed 281 people, destroyed at least 100,000 homes and caused an estimated $17 billion in damage. Kashmiris' fury over what they view as a woefully inadequate government response is reviving calls for independence, tapping decades of animosity that fueled a 25-year separatist battle and an Indian military crackdown that left tens of thousands dead in the mostly Muslim region.
Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada. The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power.
A shallow, 4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least eight people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco, a Peruvian civil defense official said. Peru's government declared a 90-day state of emergency in the area.
Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease. The streets of the capital, Freetown, were again mostly deserted on Sunday in compliance with a government order for the country's six million residents to stay in their homes.
The American Society of Civil Engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.
Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.
Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday. A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.
The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes. Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after Hurricane Sandy, according to program officials. FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million.
One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for the American people. It also changed the business continuity industry, causing professionals to plan differently, prepare for new kinds of disasters and become more resilient.
RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its continuing goal of creating public/private partnerships between government agencies and pharmaceuitical companies.
Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods and landslides that left at least 116 people dead in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and in eastern Pakistan, officials said. Landslides and floods are common in both India and Pakistan during the monsoon season, which runs through September.
After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business. Company representatives say about 80 percent of operations have been restored.
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