The BP oil spill was the nation’s worst offshore drilling disaster, yet it hardly was a unique event. In fact, the number of mishaps, including an alarming near-miss that could have resulted in a disaster comparable to the Gulf of Mexico spill, have been on the rise around the world.
In an earlier political era, a major mine disaster like the explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners might have spurred Congress to take action. Not in today’s Washington: Republicans blocked passage of a new bill Wednesday that would have enabled the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to more effectively hold repeat offender mine owners accountable and to better protect miners’ lives.
Four former supervisors at a Massey Energy Co. coal mine where two men died in a conveyer belt fire were sentenced Thursday to a year of probation on federal misdemeanor charges.
Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
Aware that even the best teachers or coaches can stumble if uncertain about the rules for cell phone and computer communications with students and others, the Foxboro, Mass., school committee has approved a policy after several reviews of the proposed language.
The total cost and who will bear the burden for a mercury spill cleanup at Dubuque’s Water Pollution Control Plant has yet to be determined, but it could reach $1.5 million. The cleaning process continues at the plant. The spill occurred Sept. 23 when workers deconstructing a long-dormant filtering system released the mercury while removing machinery.
When Wayne Christian fell about 100 feet from a communications tower on Mountain Top Monday afternoon, he was lucky to have survived. The 24-year-old St. Croix man, who works for Choice Communications, said he was climbing the tower to do some routine work, swapping out radios, when the cable his safety harness was attached to snapped, sending him hurtling to the gravel below.
Investigators searched Friday for answers to what caused an explosion at a West Virginia chemical plant that killed two brothers and critically injured another man in the third fatal blast at the site in 15 years.
One man was killed and another injured in an explosion Thursday morning at West Penn Energy Services Co. in Plumcreek, Pa.