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Basic Services, Emergency Services

EPA Wraps Up Hazardous Waste Clean-Up from Oregon’s Almeda Fire

November 9, 2020

Via: Waste360

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed nearly 90 percent of the clean-up of the hazardous household waste from Oregon’s Almeda Fire. However, two-thirds of property owners have not completed the necessary Right of Entry forms for the clean-up to […]


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Gov. Cuomo proposes bill to ‘dramatically increase penalties’ for NY utility storm response failures

October 30, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

New York utilities are coping with the remnants of Hurricane Zeta and say they are always working to improve storm response. At the same time, the state is considering stricter penalties for potential failures. “After every storm we look for […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

As California burns, buggy alerting software ails emergency offices

August 25, 2020

Via: StateScoop

As wildfires continue tearing through California, two northern counties on Tuesday reported technical problems with the emergency alerting platforms used to warn the public. In Northern California, where the still-raging LNU Lightning Complex fire has burned through 352,000 acres and […]


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Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital

March 27, 2020

Via: StateScoop

As the novel coronavirus closes down schools and businesses around the country, essential first responders and firefighters on the front lines of relief efforts have embraced digital communication and data-sharing software to stay safe and efficient, according to several local […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

EPA’s Final Regional Haze Guidance Highlights State Discretion, Flexibility

August 22, 2019

Via: PowerMag

New guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 20 to help states prepare for the second implementation period of the federal regional haze program puts emphasis on “discretion and flexibilities” they can use to comply with long-standing […]


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MPs slam Home Office over troubled Emergency Services Network programme

July 17, 2019

Via: ComputerWeekly

The Home Office project to build a new communications network for the emergency services faces “substantial levels of risk”, and further delays and cost increases are “inevitable”, according to a highly critical report by MPs. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) […]


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California tees up wildfire liability bill as utility, consumer groups diverge on solutions

July 3, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The California legislature will attempt to pass AB 1054 in a week, but opposition is bubbling up that could complicate the governor’s preferred schedule. Attorneys representing wildfire victims say the legislation should be tabled or rewritten to include more consumer […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

California approved utility wildfire plans. The next step is to see if they’re working

June 18, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfire season is only weeks old, but already PG&E has utilized the new Public Safety Power Shutoff capabilities included in mitigation plans. Looking ahead, regulators say they need to develop tools that can help determine whether or not the […]


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Rejecting the ‘new normal,’ California eyes technology solutions to wildfire risks

May 2, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California is a global leader in technology, so it stands to reason that we’re focusing more on technological solutions to help overcome the growing threat from frequent and deadly wildfires. Over the past two years, California has endured a number […]


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Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist

July 2, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative […]