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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A report commissioned by the Pebble Partnership—conducted fully independently, according to its author, former Defense Secretary William Cohen—says the Environmental Protection Agency did not use the "fairest and most appropriate process" when it ruled against the proposed mining project in Alaska, The Hill reports.
OPEC’s Secretary-General told a London conference Tuesday that investments in oil projects will fall by $130 billion this year, which will mean less production in the future and a return to higher crude prices within two years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A projection from OPEC’s Secretary General of substantial spending cuts by oil producers around the world sent prices soaring Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery jumped $2.27, or 4.9 percent, to $48.53 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent zoomed $2.67, or 5.4 percent, higher to $51.92, Marketwatch reports.
IHS Energy says companies drilling for oil in North America will have much less protection against lower prices in the future: their moves to hedge production in 2016 cover only 11 percent of their production, FuelFix reports.
Arthur McDonald, who, alongside Takaaki Kajita, won the Nobel prize for physics Tuesday for his work with neutrinos, says the processes his team observed on the Sun “are very similar to the processes people are investigating on Earth to develop nuclear fusion reactors,” The Financial Times reports.
ValueAct Capital Management—an activist investor known for aggressively pushing management to boost shareholder value—said in a regulatory filing that it intends to bring a number of issues up with the management and board of oil field services company Baker Hughes, FuelFix reports.
A study by two economists for the Nevada Policy Research Institute found that NV Energy’s proposed new natural gas-fired plant would cost customers money and be a drag on the state’s economy, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.