Articles by Matthew Daly

Regulator Says U.S. Railroads Still Have Work to Do Installing Key Safety Technology

The railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, federal officials said Wednesday, but “significant work” is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. Federal Railroad Administration …

House Approves School Safety Bill

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to …

Power Restored For All But 75K Florida Residents, But Utilities Face Criticism

After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. But …

Congress Sends Bill to Boost Weather Research to President’s Desk

The National Weather Service would have to boost research – including some from private companies – to improve forecasts and storm warnings under a bill headed to President Donald trump’s desk. Lawmakers said the bill should save lives by giving …

House GOP Wants Democratic AGs’ Records on Climate Change Suit Against Exxon

Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas this week to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, …

Budget Deal Called ‘Devastating’ to Crop Insurance

The two-year budget deal produces savings from one of the most popular programs in farm country — federally subsidized crop insurance — and farm state lawmakers are furious. Senators and House members said Tuesday they weren’t notified of the cut …

Local Leaders Planning for Climate Effects

When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, …

U.S. Safety Rule for Oil Trains Delayed for Year

The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month. Officials began work on …

Gulf Oil Spill Commission Criticizes Congress for Inaction

A presidential commission that investigated the Gulf oil spill blasted Congress for inaction in its report card on industry and government response to the massive BP oil spill. “Across the board, we are disappointed with Congress’s lack of action. Two …

House Approves Oil Spill Clean-Up, Drilling Safety Bill

The House passed legislation this week that promotes new ways to clean up oil spills and aims to make deepwater drilling safer. The two measures responding to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cleared the House by …