Regulators reminded the Southern California city of Long Beach late last month that, just as private-sector busineses must comply with safety rules, public agencies must meet the same standards or face expensive consequences. On Jan. 26, California’s State Water Resources Control Board announced it had reached a $6.2-million settlement with the city for improperly storing petroleum and waste oil in underground tanks. The settlement was the first enforcement of its kind in California against a public agency, officials say, and could result in work worth millions of dollars for specialty contractors to install monitoring systems throughout the state. The State
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.