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Cleanup Plan Approved for Contaminated Montana Town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval Monday to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency’s action comes more than 15 years after …

New Research Links Some California Quakes to Oil Operations

A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes. Researchers at the University …

Southwest Seeing Fewer Wet Weather Systems

The southwestern United States has already begun a long-predicted shift into a decidedly drier climate, a new study looking at the last 35 years of weather pattern concluded. What’s now considered a normal year of rain and snow in the …

Colorado Gold Mine Spill Dumped 880,000 Pounds of Metals in River

A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. Some of the metals reached the San Juan …

Woody Harrelson Applies for Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 60 applicants to apply to open one of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. Harrelson, 54, applied for a license in Honolulu County under his company, Simple Organic Living. The Hawaii …

California Hospital Workers’ Comp Benchmarking Report

Workers’ compensation claim severity continues to increase, while claims frequency declines, according the latest California hospital report benchmarking workers’ comp costs by Milliman and Keenan Healthcare. Data from 35 facilities (hospital systems and individual facilities) within California was aggregated to …

Slow Creep Along Thrust Faults May Help Researchers Forecast Megaquakes

In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault. This hope …

Underwater Landslides Caused Destructive 1964 Alaska Tsunami

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. Underwater landslides at depths of 820 to 1,150 feet …

Company Fined More Than $1M After Washington Plant Blast

Zodiac Cabin & Structures Support LLC has been fined $1,316,000 for workplace safety and health violations following an explosion at its carbon fiber production plant north of Spokane. Seventeen workers were injured in the oven explosion at the Newport, Wash., …

Driver Needed for Self-Driving Cars in California

Google Inc. envisions a world where a blind man can get in his car alone and tell it to take him to the grocery store. California regulators say self-driving automobiles aren’t smart enough yet to zip around town without a …

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