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Lyon and Wells were charged with involuntary
manslaughter. Some experts have attributed a
fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2014-15
to the water switch. They were accused of not
warning the public in a timely manner.
Indictments were also thrown out against
Snyder's former chief of staff, Jarrod Agen;
another key aide, Rich Baird; former Flint
Managers Gerald Ambrose and Darnell Earley;
former city Public Works Director Howard Croft;
and former health official Nancy Peeler.
Snyder, a Republican, acknowledged that
state government botched the water switch,
especially regulators who didn't require certain
treatments. But his lawyers deny his conduct
rose to the level of a crime. The former governor
recently called it " political persecution. "
Prosecutors could try to start from scratch.
But any effort to file charges in a more
traditional way against some targets now could
be barred by Michigan's six-year statute of
limitations.
Navigator CO2 Ventures
puts proposed carbon dioxide
pipeline project on hold
for reassessment
Navigator CO2 Ventures announced that it
is putting on hold one of the two biggest
proposed carbon dioxide pipeline projects in the
Midwest so it can reassess the project.
The company withdrew its application for a
key permit in Illinois and said it was putting all
its permit applications on hold. The decision
comes after South Dakota regulators last month
denied a permit.
The proposed 1,300-mile project would
carry carbon dioxide emissions from more
than 20 industrial plants across South Dakota,
Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. The
Illinois permit is crucial because that's where the
company planned to store the carbon dioxide
underground.
" As is consistent with our recent filings
in neighboring jurisdictions, Navigator will
be taking time to reassess the route and
application, " the company said in a statement.
Navigator said it is not abandoning the
project. It plans to reapply for permits where
appropriate after completing its evaluation.
Opponents cheered the news that the
project is being put on hold, and promised to
keep fighting when the company reapplies.
Opponents had organized landowners who
were concerned about the project.
" When you organize the families most at-risk
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of eminent domain, you can stop a pipeline, "
said Jane Kleeb with the Nebraska-based Bold
Alliance that also fought against the ill-fated
Keystone XL oil pipeline. " This is a core lesson
we have learned over the years, as pipeline
corporations try to bully hard-working Americans
into giving up their land for corporate greed. "
Proposed pipelines in the region would use
carbon capture technology that supporters
believe would combat climate change.
Opponents question its effectiveness and the
need for potentially huge investments over
cheaper renewable energy sources. New
federal tax incentives and billions of dollars from
Congress toward carbon capture efforts have
made such projects lucrative.
Summit Carbon Solutions is behind the
biggest proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in
the area. It is pressing forward with its plans
despite regulatory setbacks in the Dakotas.
North Dakota agreed to reconsider its denial of
a permit for the $5.5 billion, 2,000-mile pipeline
that would cross five states, and Summit is
reapplying in South Dakota. A separate hearing
on that project in Iowa started in August. And
Minnesota regulators plan to conduct a detailed
environmental review of the project.
The Summit pipeline would carry carbon
dioxide emissions from more than 30 ethanol
plants in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North
Dakota and South Dakota. The emissions would
be buried in North Dakota.
Pennsylvania candy company
contests OSHA citations
following gas explosion
that killed seven
The U.S. Department of Labor has found a
well-known Pennsylvania candy maker failed
to evacuate employees after some reported
smelling gas before a March 2023 explosion
that killed seven workers at the company's
West Reading facility.
The department's Occupational Safety and
Health Administration opened an investigation
and learned R.M. Palmer Co. did not remove
workers from the manufacturing plant despite
workers' concerns about what OSHA later
determined was a natural gas leak. The agency
cited the company under its general duty clause
for not evacuating workers. OSHA also cited R.M.
Palmer for not marking the emergency exit.
The company has 15 business days from
receipt of the citations and penalties to
comply, request an informal conference
with OSHA or contest the findings before the
independent Occupational Safety and Health
Review Commission.
In a separate statement, R.M. Palmer Co.
reiterated its cooperation in the investigation
and the company's intention to " vigorously
contest OSHA's citations, which it believes are
legally and factually unsupported. "
The company referred to an investigation
by the National Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) in July 2023, which highlighted the
following findings:
* After the accident, the NTSB investigation
found that natural gas was leaking from a
DuPont service tee under a public road less
than 2 feet from underground piping that
ran between the company's headquarters
building and the building that ultimately
exploded. Analysis by the NTSB Materials
Laboratory found a longitudinal crack in this
DuPont service tee.
* This leaking DuPont service tee was
installed in 1982.
* The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration added the type of service tee
that was leaking to their list of pipe materials
with " poor performance histories relative to
brittle-like cracking " in 2007.
* In 2021, UGI exposed and retired the service
line that was connected to this DuPont
service tee when they relocated the natural
gas meter from the basement to the exterior
of the building that ultimately exploded.
After the service line was retired, however,
the 1982 DuPont service tee remained
connected to the natural gas system,
pressurized at full system pressure.
* As part of the meter relocation project,
UGI installed a new service tee and a new
service line. A small leak was also found in
this newly installed service.
Florida TaxWatch outlines
recommendations to upgrade
sewer infrastructure state-wide
Florida TaxWatch released its Septic-to-Sewer:
Protecting Florida's Ground and Surface
Water Report, outlining four commonsense
recommendations to combat the threat to
Florida's waters by antiquated septic tank
technologies:
The Florida Legislature should task the
Department of Environmental Protection to
create, and comply with, a comprehensive plan
to develop water and wastewater infrastructure
statewide, including the development of
central sewer lines and wastewater treatment
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