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Love Canal

(An environmental worker cleans up the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., after more than 20,000 tons of buried toxic waste began to surface. Credit: Environmental Protection Agency.) In 1953, the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., paid one dollar to buy the Love Canal, a chemical dum

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Donora Smog

(Streetlights shine at noon in Donora, Pa., as toxic smog blankets the city. The heavy smog killed 20 residents and sickened thousands over a five-day span in 1948. Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.) In 1948, two major plants called Donora, Pa., home, Donora Zinc Works and the American Steel a

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

(One baby and five adult oil-soaked sea otters lie dead on Green Island beach in Prince William Sound more than a week after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into Alaska's waters. Credit: Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images.) Before the BP oil spill, there was t

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Tennessee Coal Ash Spill

(A roughly 20-foot pile of coal ash sits about one mile from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant, where a dike burst, spilling fly ash. Credit: Brian Stansberry.) In December 2008, an ash dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant burst, spilling roughly

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Hurricane Katrina

(A worker walks through high water on Canal Street as he carries a dog he rescued Aug. 30, 2005, in New Orleans. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.) The hurricane that ravaged the Gulf Coast in August 2005 is considered the U.S.’ most destructive storm in terms of cost. After the levee system

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Verizon Chief Appointed To President's Export Council

Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg was the lone tech or telecom representative appointed to the export council announced Wednesday by President Obama. The council "includes business and labor leaders who will offer their unfiltered advice and expertise on how best to promote exports," Obama said in remarks announcing the council. It also includes such executives as Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger, UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis, Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns, the council's vice chairman, and Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney, the council's chairman.

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 9:04pm

Boucher, Other Lawmakers To Attend Comcast, NBCU Hearing

Adding some Beltway heft, three members of the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee will attend Thursday's field hearing in Chicago focused on the proposed $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Those committee members set to attend so far include Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Steve Buyer, R-Ind. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also will attend.

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 5:20pm

Polling Data Gives GOP A Message Lead

Recent polling data from a GOP group suggest that Dems face an uphill battle in selling voters on their arguments over the country's health care, energy and fiscal challenges leading up to the Nov. elections.

Resurgent Republic, a 501(c)(4) group headed by ex-RNC Chair Ed Gillespie, GOP pollster Whit Ayers and GOP consultant Leslie Sanchez, is highlighting a poll they commissioned that tests messages on a number of policy proposals and finds widespread support for the GOP message on various aspects of those 3 issues.

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 4:54pm

Vitter Addresses Ex-Aide, Briefly

After 2 weeks avoiding the media, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) this morning addressed the resignation of Brent Furer, the former aide who assaulted his girlfriend in '08.

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 4:24pm

EU Closely Examining Antitrust Allegations In Search Services

The European Commission's top antitrust official said Wednesday that he is closely examining allegations of anticompetitive behavior related to Internet search services. In a speech at an e-commerce antitrust conference in London, Joaquin Almunia, the commission's vice president for competition policy, did not specifically name Google, but the Internet search and advertising firm was the subject of antitrust complaints filed in February by three Internet competitors.

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 4:17pm