The Boeing Co. [corporate website] has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed a partial nuclear meltdown at the company's Santa Susana Field Laboratory [corporate website] in Ventura County CA caused many nearby residents to get cancer. The accident occurred in 1959, but did not create much concern until a disclosure in 1989 of continuing low-level nuclear and chemical contamination. AP has more.
Criminal charges have been brought against former treatment plant supervisor Robert Lee Shewell and plant engineer Joseph Edward Ambrozewicz, Jr. for conspiring to coverup a raw sewage spill at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds [official website] in Maryland. The men had worked for the Maryland Environmental Service [corporate website], an independent, quasi-state agency that had operated the wastewater plant at the base. The spill occurred when sewage overran a containment pit and went into a marsh that adjoined the nearby Gunpowder River. The men allegedly submitting reports claiming that the spill was of water that had already been treated. The Baltimore Sun has more.
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