– by Associated Press, May 2, 2016, Washington Times
A recent Iowa rail safety study says Dubuque County remains vulnerable to crude oil or biofuels spills more than a year after several railcars carrying ethanol derailed along the Mississippi River.
The state’s Department of Transportation and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department released the study last week, the Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/21qc7Vv ) reports. It examines each county’s oil and ethanol transportation routes and volumes, previous incidence of spills, derailment and fire, likelihood of future incidents and public safety and environmental risk factors.
– by Amicia Ramsey, March 1, 2016, ABC 11
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Nearly three dozen people were laid off at an energy plant in Clarke County.
Solvay Biomass Energy plant in Quitman laid off 32 employees last Friday. Employees affected say they found out after showing up for work that day and receiving separation agreements and severance packets.
SBE is a global energy company that made white and torrefied biomass comparable to coal, but it generates clean energy for the environment.
There is a possibility the layoffs are connected to the decision the company made to stop producing white wood pellets because of its lack of profit.