Trial Over Chemical Plant Fire Kicks Off in Houston

Plagued by a spate of plant explosions and fires, Texas petrochemical producers stepped into unchartered waters in a Houston courtroom Thursday with state prosecutors urging jurors to send a CEO to prison for a chemical meltdown that damaged the lungs of two sheriff’s deputies.

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Judge Denies Relief for Downstream Houston Flood Victims

A federal judge dismissed the claims of Houston residents seeking to hold the government liable for flooding their homes with Hurricane Harvey storm water released from two dams, finding there is no constitutional right to “perfect flood control.”

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NOAA Emails Show Shock at Trump the Weatherman

A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. A top NOAA official called Trump’s behavior “crazy.”

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EPA Audit: Monitoring of Hurricane Harvey Air Pollution Insufficient

Hurricane Harvey cost more than $125 billion in damages and filled more than 80,000 homes with at least 18 inches of water. But monitoring efforts failed to fully assess the effect of hundreds of tons of hazardous air pollutants industrial facilities released during the natural disaster, a federal watchdog reported Monday. 

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Fair Housing

The Port Arthur Community Action Network et al. sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, et al. in federal court, claiming they discriminated against poor, minority renters by letting only property owners apply for $5.6 billion in HUD recovery money after Hurricane Harvey.

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Trump the Meteorologist

Did President Donald Trump and White House officials force federal meteorologists to alter their hurricane maps to bolster Trump’s prediction that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama when in fact it was never going to come anywhere near the Heart of Dixie? Inquiring minds – and FOIA complainant Ecological Rights Foundation – want to know.

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