Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we’ve seen images of the destruction and heard stories about the lack of electricity and basic supplies like food and water in some areas. But the main way we measure — and understand — the scope of any disaster is through the death toll. Continue Reading →
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017 …It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars…. – Donald J. Trump… Continue Reading →
If you’ve been following this story, you already know that Texas exempted itself from the FEMA rules that requires them to maintain a record of all toxic substances on sites so that first responders know what they’re dealing with. FREEDUMB! Nice that they won’t be sharing that info with the public as they clean this up:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.
The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.
The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm.
At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.
The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts.
Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified on Monday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm as it reached the northeast Caribbean, U.S. forecasters say. Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days. Credit: NOAA As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Maria was located about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Dominica, or 35 miles (55 kilometers)… Continue Reading →
As the sun rises, Floridians are assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma throughout the state. Six million homes are without power and Jacksonville, not even in the original cone of potential damage, was hit hard with record flooding. After moving inland, the storm is now battering southern Georgia: 15 inches of rain has fallen in Jacksonville… Continue Reading →
Photos and video obtained by MSNBC on Sunday showed that Hurricane Irma had pulled a large portion of the water out of Tampa Bay. “Here’s the water, it has gone,” NBC editor Cal Perry told MSNBC host Brian Williams. “The water in Tampa Bay is receding into the background.” “You could live there all your life… Continue Reading →
— Chris Suchan (@ChrisSuchanKCTV) September 10, 2017
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 10, 2017
Heard last night they were sending “mass mortuary teams.” Doesn’t sound good.
Seven first responders filed a lawsuit Thursday against a chemical company whose Houston-area facility exploded after Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit against Arkema and three of the company’s executives is seeking over $1 million in monetary relief, and alleges that the company did not adequately warn law enforcement and public health agencies about hazardous materials at the… Continue Reading →
Climate change is an issue that should not be partisan, yet in the United States, acceptance and belief in action on the issue are split down Party lines. This is because the wealthy interests who own the Republican Party don’t want action on climate change because it could cut into their profits, and they are the… Continue Reading →
— Mike Umscheid (@mikeumsc) September 5, 2017