"$44 Million Settles Cosco Busan Oil Spill in Bay"

"San Francisco -- The shipping companies responsible for the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, which polluted San Francisco Bay and killed thousands of birds and fish, have agreed to pay $44.4 million to restore habitat and reimburse the agencies that responded to the disaster, state and federal officials announced Monday."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 09/22/2011

TVA Public Relations Staff Edited Engineer's Report on Failed Coal-Ash Dam

Dam inspections began before the Dec. 2008 spill incident of 5.4 million cubic yards of coal-ash slurry in Tennessee. Afterward, the initial draft engineer's report of the pre-spill inspection noted several eroded areas needed to be fixed "immediately;" the word was subsequently struck from the report.

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December 5, 2011 to December 7, 2011

Wessex Institute of Technology - First International Conference on Water and Society in Las Vegas, NV

This first International Conference on Water and Society aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of many issues affecting water resources today. The meeting will encourage trans-disciplinary communication on issues related to the nature of water, and its use and exploitation by society.

October 21, 2011

DEADLINE: AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships

AHCJ has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – with the support of the CDC Foundation – for this national fellowship program for journalists. Ten fellows will be chosen to spend December 4 -8, 2011 studying public health issues at two CDC campuses. The competitive fellowships are open to professional journalists working in the United States. The fellowships include membership, travel, lodging and meals. Applications due Oct. 21.


"Safety Risks Underscored by Violations at ExxonMobil Refinery"

"As an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News  has shown , oil refining is one of the country’s most dangerous industries, where even seemingly small recurring events such as equipment breakdowns and fires can have fatal consequences.  Yet an easily manipulated regulatory system allows companies to delay or avoid improvements. While the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration occasionally appears to take a tough stance, identifying perils and proposing fines, the fines are often small and can be appealed for long periods of time, delaying fixes."

Source: iWatch News, 09/19/2011


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