March 31, 1994 |
Superheated steam leaked inside the turbine room of a submerged French nuclear submarine Wednesday, killing the commander and nine sailors during an exercise in the Mediterranean. The Emeraude surfaced and headed back to its base at Toulon using diesel and battery power, officials said. The accident did not affect the vessel's nuclear reactor and "in no way puts into question either the nuclear security of the vessel or the environment," the Defense Ministry said.
November 9, 1992 |
An armed Japanese escort ship collided Sunday with a Greenpeace boat tracking a freighter laden with highly toxic plutonium, the environmental group and Japan's coast guard said. Japan is shipping the plutonium home to fire up a new generation of nuclear fast-breeder reactors. Greenpeace opposes the shipment and is trailing the cargo ship, saying the plutonium poses huge dangers ranging from a spill to an attack by terrorists seeking nuclear bomb-making material. The Akatsuki Maru, carrying 1.
January 25, 1992 |
Appeals Court Rules Against Amoco: Amoco must pay about $200 million in damages for the devastating 1978 oil spill off the coast of France from its supertanker Amoco Cadiz, a federal appeals court has ruled. The court called the spill "a disaster waiting to happen." Attorney Barry Kingham, who represented French villages and towns, called the decision "a complete and total victory." Amoco Corp. and the French had both appealed a lower court's $155-million judgment against the firm.
July 25, 1990 |
A judge Tuesday ordered Amoco Corp. to pay about $155 million for damages from a massive oil spill by the Amoco Cadiz tanker off northern France in 1978. Amoco officials said they would appeal the order, promising to prolong a case that has dragged through the courts for years. U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle on Tuesday formally endorsed an order he spelled out in June, based on damage recommendations from former U.S. District Judge Frank McGarr.
March 25, 1989 |
A glass-covered tour boat carrying 500 people on the Seine River collided with a barge near Notre Dame Cathedral, killing one person, officials said Friday. Manuel Bessa, 28, a Portuguese student on the tour boat, was killed when he was struck in the head by an open window that swung shut in the impact of the collision, police said.
February 22, 1989 |
A retired judge Tuesday recommended a $30-million increase in his $85.2-million judgment against Amoco Corp. for oil-spill damage from the 1978 wreck of a supertanker off the French coast. The revised award would be shared by the government of France--which would receive the single largest portion, $44.4 million--and some 100 French towns affected by the spill that fouled 100 miles of coastline. Frank McGarr, who retired as a U.S.