Category Archives: Legislation/Policy

Join in the Great ShakeOut Drills on October 16

The Great ShakeOut http://www.shakeout.org/
The Great ShakeOut http://www.shakeout.org/

The Great ShakeOut is October 16 across the United States. There will be drills for states in the Midwest, the Southeast, California and elsewhere, including overseas. Millions of people have registered their families, schools and businesses to participate, and more are signing up.

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Dams in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas Included in NRCS Rehab Program

Three dams in Georgia, three in Kentucky, and 31 in Texas are among 150 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) watershed dams in 26 states that are included in new funding for rehabilitation to better protect public safety and water infrastructure.

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Texas Dam Safety Inspections at Issue

The www.damsafetyaction.org Texas news section includes mention of a Wall Street Journal article about an important issue that should worry many Texans. A little background: Texas updated and improved its dam safety regulations a few years ago to include a requirement for Emergency Action Plans for High-Hazard Potential (HHP) and Significant-Hazard Potential (SHP) dams, where failure would likely result in the death of people.

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Coal Tailings Dams Back in the News

The national focus and concern about coal tailings dams had settled down in the last couple of years. These reservoirs of coal ash sludge were big news in December 2008 when the dam for a large one burst near Kingston, Tenn. It sent a wave of toxic sludge into a community and stream, inundating the immediate landscape and fouling surface water with 5 million cubic yards of contaminated waste. Since February the risks associated with the ponds have been back in headlines and television news reports, though not because of a dam breach.
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