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Petrochemical company faces hefty fines for 2019 explosions in Texas

A Texas petrochemical company has agreed to pay more than $30 million in fines and penalties for Clean Air Act violations following explosions in 2019 that injured workers and forced mass evacuations.

The Associated Press reports.

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Texas wildfire becomes a historic disaster, threatening small towns

A devastating wildfire, now among Texas's largest, wreaks havoc across the Panhandle, claiming a life and menacing small towns.

Jim Vertuno and Sean Murphy report for the Associated Press.

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Texas panhandle prairie wildfire
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Wildfires rage through Texas, affecting homes and halting nuclear facility operations

Texas firefighters worked feverishly to contain fast-moving wildfires driven by unseasonably dry conditions and persistent red flag winds in the Texas Panhandle.

Jim Vertuno reports for the Associated Press.

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El Niño and global warming fuel extreme weather disasters

Recent events in Chile and California highlight the devastating effects of climate change and El Niño, combining to cause deadly wildfires and record-breaking floods.

Somini Sengupta reports forThe New York Times.

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Forest Service withdraws key permit for controversial Utah oil-train project opposed by Coloradans

The project would dramatically increase hazardous shipments through Colorado communities.

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U.S. hit by record number of high-cost disasters in 2023
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U.S. hit by record number of high-cost disasters in 2023

There were 28 storms, wildfires or other disasters that each cost at least one billion dollars in damages, a sign of the growing economic burden of climate change.
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Pipeline expansion outpaces US safety agency’s capacity

Rapid growth in the pipeline industry has outstripped the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's ability to ensure system safety.

Jacob Fischler reports for West Virginia Watch

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