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State has major win in Buckhorn mine Clean Water Act case

Jun. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a summary judgment in favor of Washington state against two gold mining companies over years of water pollution stemming from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

Citgo to pay $19.7M for Louisiana spill environmental damage

Jun. 17, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Citgo Petroleum Corp. of Houston has agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims from...

Company agrees to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

Jun. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations stemming from the company’s oil production activities in North Dakota, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Phoenix Petroleum LLC has agreed to pay...

EPA holds public meeting on former copper mine cleanup

Jun. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday about the cleanup of a former copper mine in Strafford. The $90 million cleanup of the Elizabeth Mine Superfund site started in 2001. Two years ago officials started...

Dakota Access foes seek environmental review updates from US

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents asked a judge Friday to require the pipeline company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide detailed monthly status reports while the federal government conducts an extensive environmental review of the project. ...

DNR issues fish consumption warnings for Yahara chain

Jun. 09, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources issued new consumption warnings Wednesday for fish taken from the Yahara chain of lakes and waterways in Dane and Rock counties after tests showed elevated levels of PFAS contamination. The advisories apply...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Tucson to stop using water plant due to contamination risk

Jun. 08, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Increasing contamination of groundwater around Tucson International Airport is prompting the city to indefinitely suspend use of a treatment plant that draws from wells in the area, officials announced Tuesday. Though Tucson plans to shut down the...