area of storage tanks behind a laboratory building at the plant. An environmentalspecialist on hazardous materials for the Ohio EPA’s Dayton office said Monday that hewill investigate the cause of the explosion, the “full nature and extent” of any chemicalreleases, and whether there were any violations or negligence involved.
May 4, Reuters
Shell Oil, railroads win U.S. ruling on cleanup costs.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 4 for Shell Oil Co and units of BurlingtonNorthern Santa Fe Corp and Union Pacific Corp in a dispute over environmental cleanupcosts at a contaminated industrial site in Arvin, California. Shell, an affiliate of RoyalDutch Shell Plc, and the two railroads argued they should not be held liable for themajority of the more than $8 million spent by the government on cleanup costs at theabandoned farm chemical storage facility. Voting 8-1, the justices overturned a ruling bya U.S. appeals court that Shell and the railroads could be held liable for almost the fullcost of the cleanup even though their roles in the soil and groundwater contaminationhad been relatively minor. The railroads said the owners of the chemical storagecompany at the site had leased only a small parcel of their land while Shell said itmerely shipped chemicals to the facility. The Supreme Court ruled that Shell is notliable as an arranger for the contamination at the facility and said Shell took numeroussteps to encourage its distributors to reduce the likelihood of spills.
Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
May 4, Deseret News
Finally — radioactive waste leaving Moab.
Theofficial start of the tailings removal in Moab — rail cars hauling the waste to CrescentJunction 30 miles to the north — actually began operations two weeks ago, with theevent held on May 4 to celebrate ramping up to full operations. EnergySolutions wasawarded $98.7 million to remove the waste in its first phase, with another $108 millionbeing directed to the project through federal stimulus funding. It is anticipated thestimulus money will accelerate the removal of the waste. The Pile stalks the ecologicalhealth of the Colorado River, contaminating it with its residue and threatening thedrinking supply of 25 million downstream users. “This has been leaching into theColorado River since the late 1950s and has created a real dead zone along the river,”said the executive director of the Grand Canyon Trust, a conservation organizationpromoting the health and viability of the Colorado River drainage area.Source:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705301377/Finally-2-radioactive-waste-leaving-Moab.html?pg=1
Critical Manufacturing Sector
May 4, Knoxville News Sentinel
Five teens charged in vacant foundry