Business Brief: Mozilla CEO quits over gay comments

Business Brief: Mozilla CEO quits over gay comments

April 4th, 2014 by Associated Press and Staff Report in Business Around the Region

Mozilla CEO quits over gay comments

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by promoting Eich. At issue was his $1,000 donation in 2008 to the campaign to pass California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages. The ban was overturned when the U.S. Supreme Court last year left in place a lower-court ruling striking down the ballot measure.

Pollution pact sets U.S. record

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the money -- $4.4 billion -- will pay for environmental cleanup and be used to settle claims stemming from the legacy contamination.

The settlement resolves a long legacy of pollution of Lake Mead in Nevada with rocket fuel and radioactive wastes throughout the country.