Disaster plan in case fire reaches nuke waste near St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet.

Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city's main airport.

Obstacles for oil tank car retrofitting


Continued low crude prices and unexpectedly stiff technical requirements have stalled the safety retrofitting of rail cars hauling crude, Reuters reports.

Marijuana pesticide flap brings consumer lawsuit in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Two marijuana users in Colorado filed a lawsuit Monday against a pot business they said used an unhealthy pesticide to grow their weed — a case that lawyers say is the first product liability claim in the nation involving the legal marijuana industry.

The case underscores disagreement over what chemicals should be allowed in the cultivation of pot and leaves the plaintiffs facing a dilemma: The U.S. government still regards almost all marijuana as an illicit drug and there are no federal safety guidelines for growing it.

Safety memo surfaces at Blankenship trial

Charleston Gazette-Mail

A memo warning former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship about safety problems at company mines has surfaced in a filing at his criminal trial, which is in the third day of jury selection, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.


Runaway NY oil tanker tips, spills 100 gallons; no injuries

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A fire official says a runaway oil tanker truck has crashed into the side of an apartment building, tipped on its side and spilled 100 gallons of oil in suburban New York.

Yonkers Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Ford says nobody was injured in the mishap Monday.

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US, states finalize settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the nearly 134 million-gallon spill.

"BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a Justice Department news conference. "The steep penalty should inspire BP and its peers to take every measure necessary to ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again."

The settlement finalizes an agreement first announced in July.

Among other requirements, BP will be forced to pay $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act penalties and nearly $5 billion to five Gulf states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The spill followed the April 2010 explosion on an offshore rig that killed 11 workers. BP earlier settled with people and businesses harmed by the spill, a deal that's so far resulted in $5.84 billion in payouts.

Authorities to tackle lead problem in Flint water

The Guardian

High levels of lead in Flint, Michigan drinking water have residents of the town up in arms, The Guardian reports.

New York City explosion kills 1, hurts 3; gas leak suspected

NEW YORK (AP) — The removal of a stove may have led to a gas leak that caused an explosion and fire that ripped through a three-story building in Brooklyn, killing a woman inside and injuring three passers-by, authorities said.

Firefighters received a call at about 1 p.m. Saturday reporting an explosion at a building in the Borough Park neighborhood. Emergency crews found the entire front of the building blown into the street.

Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm has experienced safety and welding problems, and regulators are closely monitoring construction, according to the regulatory agency that issued a permit for the work.

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island and began construction in July. Inspection reports about the initial weeks of construction identified "numerous" health and safety issues.

Ex-Massey CEO Don Blankenship arrives for federal trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has arrived for the start of his federal trial on charges that he conspired to break safety laws and lied to financial regulators about safety practices.

Blankenship stepped out of a minivan that stopped in front of Charleston's federal courthouse Thursday. Wearing a suit and striped tie, Blankenship was accompanied by three homeland security officers.


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