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PCBs in caulk may pose hazards
from Environmental Protection Agency
In recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency has learned that caulk containing potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls was used in many buildings, including schools, in the 1950s through the 1970s. In general, schools and buildings built after 1978 do not contain PCBs in caulk. More
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Farmers Branch, Texas, City Council OKs natural gas wells near railroad tracks
from The Dallas Morning News
Trinity East Energy LLC received unanimous approval from the Farmers Branch City Council for a specific-use permit to drill at the nearly five-acre site, which is believed to be part of the prolific Barnett Shale gas field. More
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Choked floodways feed Manila's typhoon toll
from The New York Times
The storms highlighted the dismal state of infrastructure in the Philippines, as well as a lack of equipment to deal with emergencies in a country that is hit by about 20 typhoons and major storms every year. More
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GAO criticizes park service's risk management practices
from Security Management Online
The National Park Service does not have a systematic approach to risk management, which could leave the hundreds of millions of people who visit national parks and icons vulnerable to terrorist attack and other criminal activities, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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H1N1 pandemic: Prepared for the worst
from Star-Bulletin
A national study lists Hawaii among 15 states that could run out of hospital beds during the peak of a swine flu outbreak, but local health industry officials say it does not take into account years of disaster preparations in the islands. More
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Franklin County, N.Y., firefighters must now pass physicals
from Adirondack Daily Enterprise
County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost of Franklin County, N.Y., presented a draft of the new policy, requiring all firefighters to pass a physical, to the county Board of Legislators, and it includes new categories - A through D - that will determine what sort of tasks a firefighter will be able to perform. More
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Officials: Maryland not cracking down on fraud
from The Washington DC Examiner
The Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission, a state agency that decides worker's compensation cases, has referred 98 allegations of fraud to the Maryland Insurance Administration from fiscal years 2005 to 2008. Some allegations came out of cases heard by the commission, while others were from mostly anonymous tipsters.
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Tree removal leads to contempt ruling against Upper Arlington, Ohio, city officials
from Columbus Local News
In a decision handed down by Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King, the city was ruled to have acted in "bad faith" for removing a sweet gum tree located on city right-of-way on Castleton Road West before Upper Arlington, Ohio resident Mark Brown could file an appeal of a court's earlier decision.
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Munich Reinsurance America’s Specialty Markets division recognizes that green building certification is important to public entities and nonprofits, and has developed a Green Property Endorsement that allows for green materials and additional costs associated with LEED certification in the event of a property loss.
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Redding, Calif. council pursues possible cuts in retirement-related benefits
from Redding Record Searchlight
Despite dire warnings from labor union officials and others that they could be opening a Pandora's Box that's best left closed, Redding, Calif. administrators won the blessing of three city council members to try to develop a possible ballot measure that would modify - or even eliminate - certain employee retirement-related benefits.
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