Harris County, Texas, has sued chemical company Arkema over fires at one of its plants after Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit, which seeks up to $1 million in penalties and various improvements at the plant, alleges that Arkema violated environmental, safety and building regulations.
Invenergy continues to face local opposition in Freeborn County, Minn., over its proposed Freeborn Wind project, which is set to straddle Minnesota and Worth County, Iowa. Senior Manager Dan Litchfield said the 58-turbine phase of the project in Iowa is complete, has broad support in the state and will comply with Minnesota's turbine sound and siting regulations.
Every parks and recreation department is different, but each depends on a clear philosophy driven by the leader, writes Robbie Spencer, parks and recreation director in Antioch, Ill. "If other city departments around the area or state are doing things the same or a certain way, don't be afraid to be the trendsetter, not the follower," he argues.
A coastal conservation project finished this summer in Massachusetts is intended to preserve farmland, wetlands and other areas as part of the larger Allens Pond Conservation Completion Project. A trail and observation area are planned near Allens Pond.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers fitness classes, walking clubs, creative programming, field trips and cultural events to keep seniors active, with most offerings free to people 55 and older.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has purchased Stevens Creek, which contains 147 acres of land near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The land will be used to protect elk and other wildlife.
The Pottstown and Royersford parks departments in Pennsylvania will receive $200,000 and $100,000, respectively, to pay for park improvements. The funds come from fees collected from drilling operations.
Fayette County, Ga., will purchase cancer and long-term disability insurance coverage for its firefighters, in accordance with a new state law. The policy takes effect Jan. 1.
Roger Stancil will retire next year after more than 10 years as town manager of Chapel Hill, N.C. During his time as town manager, Stancil worked on affordable housing efforts, leadership development for town staff, bolstering relations between Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina and making services more efficient.
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