Surveys Find Physicians Don’t Feel Prepared to Respond to Disasters

Physicians have an ethical obligation to prepare themselves to respond to natural disasters in their communities, writes the editor-in-chief of the Southern Medical Journal in a special issue dedicated to disaster preparedness. Surveys suggest that while most U.S. physicians are willing to play a role in responding to natural and manmade disasters, but most do not feel adequately prepared to fulfill that role. The January Southern Medical Journal, the official journal of the Southern Medical Association, offers a special issue on disaster medicine and physician preparedness. The special issue includes 22 reviews and original papers on preparing for the medical response to disasters and catastrophic events. “I take […]

Transocean Agrees to Plead Guilty to Environmental Crimes in Deepwater Horizon Settlement

Transocean has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in criminal and civil fines related to its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout at the Macondo well site. Transocean Deepwater Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to pay a total of $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for its conduct in relation to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The criminal information, and a proposed partial civil consent decree to resolve the U.S. government’s civil penalty claims against Transocean Deepwater Inc. and related entities, were filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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