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Final report finds several faults in Gulf oil spill – USA Today

A mix of shoddy safety practices by the oil industry, a blowout preventer that was never adequately tested, and the failure of a concrete cap led to last year’s historic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an expert panel concluded Wednesday. The Macondo …
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Three-city water plan gets final approval by Ecology – Tacoma News Tribune

Olympia, Lacey and Yelm are close to final approval by the state Department of Ecology of their plans to expand their water supplies for future growth. The new water rights for the three cities – more than 15 years in the making – have …
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Java Runtime Environment 7.0 Final Released – Ghacks Technology News

Just read over at Mike’s (German) blog that Oracle released the final version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7.0 earlier today to the public. That’s five years after Java SE 6 has been released. The JRE is needed to execute Java applications on …
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Final NC budget takes aim at environmental policy

A final Republican-penned state budget likely heading to North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s desk takes aim at environmental regulations and funds designed to protect land and water, expand parks and track mountainsides to help avoid development in the path of potential landslides.
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Gulf oil spill claims czar ramping up final payment offers to victims, but few takers so far – Minneapolis Star Tribune

NEW ORLEANS – Records show that in the last two weeks more than 8,100 people and businesses have been offered final payments from BP’s oil spill compensation fund, but few have accepted so far. Gulf Coast Claims Facility data show that only about 2.5 …
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Delaware submits the final plan to EPA on Chesapeake Bay – Cecil Whig

Delaware’s final long-range plan for reducing pollutants from entering local waterways that lie within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, meeting the EPA’s Nov. 29 deadline for Delaware’s final Phase I …
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