17K Federal Employees Made $200K Last Year?

 Nearly 17,000 federal government employees made more than $200,000 last year, according to a report on Tuesday.
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The National Journal took compiled data from FedSmith.com, showing the breakdown of the 16,900 federal workers who were paid $200,000 as a base salary. Only about 1.6 of all federal employees on the list took home that much, the report notes.The report states: “Most of the high earners worked as medical officers at the Veterans Affairs Department. Other agencies that require a highly specialized workforce paid several employees at least $200,000; these included the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

In 2013, about 15,000 federal employees made that much money. The 2014 figure of 16,900 represents a 13 percent increase.

“The number of workers surpassing that income level is likely to be higher than 17,000 since information for Defense Department employees is not included. It also does not contain incomes for White House employees. The overall incomes for the high-earning workers are likely to be larger as well, as the database does not track bonus pay,” says the Daily Caller.

In narrowing it down, two VA doctors made more than $400,000 in 2014. One was located in Palo Alto, Calif., and the other was in Pittsburgh, Pa. More than 1,700 federal employees made $300,000 or more.

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The High Cost of Oil Trains

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/02/22/oil-trains-derailment
The High Cost of Oil Trains: Hundreds of Accidents, Hundreds Dead, and $4 Billion in Damages
A federal government report predicts that that railroad vehicles transporting crude oil or ethanol will derail about 10 times annually over the next 20 years.

February 22, 2015 By Kristina Bravo

Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

As if we needed more reason to address our fossil fuel addiction, the federal government has put a number on how many times oil-hauling trains could derail in a year: 10 times annually over the next two decades, at a cost of more than $4 billion. Not to mention the hundreds of people just one accident could kill.
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That’s an estimate from a previously unreported survey by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to The Associated Press. The agency, which completed its analysis in July, examined the risks of moving large amounts of crude oil and ethanol through major cities across the country.

The explosion of a tanker car near Mount Carbon, West Virginia, on Feb. 16 has raised new concern. Twenty-seven of the 109 tanker cars derailed and 19 caught fire in the incident, which a local described as an “inferno.” No injuries other than one case of potential smoke inhalation were reported, but state spokesperson Lawrence Messina said that crude oil is flowing into the Kanawha River, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Investigators reported that the train wasn’t speeding: It was traveling at 33 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone.

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The accident was just the latest in a record string of fiery derailments, which some blame on the recent surge in oil production. According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, more than 141 “unintentional releases” from oil tankers were reported in 2014—an all-time high.

“Back-to-back fiery derailments involving crude oil trains should be an unmistakable wake-up call to our political leaders,” Mollie Matteson, a scientist at the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, told The Washington Post.