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Frankenstorm calls to mind Romney’s opposition to federal disaster aid

So Romney wants to dismantle FEMA, turn it over to the states, or, as he said during the primaries, privatize disaster relief altogether.

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With toxic plant ready for demolition, NJ residents voice concerns

The E.C. Electroplating plant - the source of a nearly 30 year-old toxic chromium spill currently wending its way beneath this town - will be torn down in early October.

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New Jersey’s chromium spill site to be torn down

Nearly 30 years after toxic chromium spilled from the E.C. Electroplating plant, the EPA announced that the building would be demolished.

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Community group will join probe of toxic Chevron fire

A community environmental organization will participate directly in investigating the disastrous Aug. 6 fire at Richmnd, Calif.'s Chevron refinery.

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Quakes rattle Texas: fracking disposal wells to blame?

Seismologists have concluded that wastewater disposal wells from fracking are causing the unpleasant phenomenon, adding new controversy.

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Colorado burning: This is what climate change looks like

This is what climate change looks like.

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In Western U.S., raging wildfires will get worse

A large wildfire - sparked by lightning on June 4, and growing out of control - is burning across the Colorado mountains.

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Ohio governor backs off his turndown of federal storm help

Ohio's right wing Republican governor John Kasich worked Monday to pull his foot out of his own mouth.

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Youngstown earthquake hearing reveals public anger, few answers

"This is a dog-and-pony show," said a dissatisfied resident, among hundreds at a public hearing to investigate the city's 4.0 earthquake on New Year's Eve.

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Mine owner to pay $210M for deadly explosion

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."

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