From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill
Date: Tue May 27 12:25:42 MDT 2014
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May 27, 2014


Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill


Two shareholders of Charlotte, NC-based Duke Energy have filed suit against the company, accusing it of negligence surrounding the February 2nd spill of about 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, near Eden, NC, that created a polluted slick stretching some 70 miles. The shareholders are accusing the board of exposing the company to billions of dollars in liability by neglecting to clean up coal ash ponds throughout the state.

"For years, the individual defendants have known that the company's coal ash containment was inadequate and posed a significant threat to the environment yet utterly failed to take appropriate action to fix the substantial problems," the lawsuit states. "As a result of the individual defendants' unlawful conduct, Duke Energy has expended and will continue to expend billions of dollars in fines, penalties and clean-up costs."  More 

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist has confirmed that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations agriculture specialists at Washington Dulles International Airport made a first in nation pest discovery when they intercepted an insect, Laothoe populi Linnaeus (Sphingidae), or Poplar Hawk Moth, while inspecting a shipment of cut flowers from The Netherlands.

The Poplar Hawk Moth is found primarily throughout the U.K. The moth could pose a significant agriculture threat in the U.S. because it's known to feed on a wide variety of trees such as poplar, aspen, willow, alder, birch, elm, oak, and ash.  More

A new district-wide critical communications system has been introduced by Mt. Prospect, IL-based Rauland-Borg to manage emergency communications within school campuses and buildings, in addition to daily scheduling and everyday communications.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of K-12 schools, the new Telecenter U offers a complete network-based system to connect an entire school district in a single unified solution. The system integrates and manages emergency coordination, daily events such as bell scheduling, and everyday needs including morning announcements and classroom to front office communications.  More 


Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has obtained a U.S. patent for a system that allows users to compare information contained on two or more IDs.

The system's components include a document reader that can identify various data fields from a driver's license, passport, credit card, benefit card, military ID card, government-issued ID card, or bank card. Specifically, the reader can identify the bearer's first name, last name, middle initial or name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, address, state of issuance of document, and date of issuance of the document.  More    

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the acquisition of Kalamazoo, MI-based iyeTek, an innovative software development company that creates mobile and handheld software solutions, enabling public safety agencies to save time and money and improve services provided to their communities. Together, the companies can help law enforcement agencies fully automate their accident reporting process from beginning to end, resulting in cost savings, more effective information sharing and enhanced investigative capabilities.  More 


Argon Electronics' range of CBRN response training simulators has brought a degree of realism that has significantly enhanced training at an exercise staged for police in the U.K. The Argon equipment was supplied by the Police National CBRN Centre at Ryton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire, which oversees the police's capacity and capability to deal with CBRN incidents.  More    

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