Panel Asked to Reject Class Status in Suit Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire

Arguing before a Fifth Circuit panel Thursday, an attorney for a chemical manufacturer challenged the approval of class certification for 20,000 landowners within a 7-mile radius of the company’s Houston-area plant, which caught fire and exploded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Watchdog Says Agency Played Politics in Sharpiegate Fallout

Americans’ safety was not the focus, a federal watchdog reported, when agency officials chastised an office in Alabama that gave accurate information about Hurricane Dorian last year, contradicting President Trump’s erroneous insistence about the storm’s expected impact.

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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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