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Report: Feds need to do more to prevent failures at Hanford

Feb. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at an aging nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, the Government Accountability Office said this week. The partial collapse in 2017 of a tunnel containing radioactive...

Oregon landfill took 2M pounds of radioactive fracking waste

Feb. 14, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — A chemical waste landfill near the Columbia River in Oregon accepted hundreds of tons of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in violation of Oregon regulations that has alarmed environmental advocates. But the company won't be fined because state officials believe landfill...

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2019 file photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation shows toxic chemical substances leaking along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich. An industrial site in suburban Detroit where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway is subject to forfeiture due to non-payment of property taxes. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights owe a total of more than $30,000 in taxes, interest and fees from 2017 and 2018, according to the Oakland County Treasurer's office.(Michigan Department of Transportation via AP, File)

Treasurer: Seeping 'green ooze' site subject to forfeiture

Feb. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway could be foreclosed due to non-payment of property taxes, the county treasurer said Wednesday. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Advocates for cleaning up the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year for the work. The budget cut released in a proposal on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, is almost certain to delay the cleanup, which is on a legally-enforced schedule. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan

Feb. 12, 2020 11:16 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Advocates for cleaning up a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year. The proposal released Monday by President Donald Trump called for cutting the annual Hanford cleanup...

Agreement will help speed cleanup of the Housatonic River

Feb. 10, 2020 6:59 PM EST

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Federal environmental officials have unveiled a plan to speed the cleanup of the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts and require General Electric to pay local communities $63 million. Under the long-awaited deal announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, highly...

President Donald Trump speaks during a 'White House Business Session with our Nation's Governors,

Trump calls for slashing funding for toxic Superfund cleanup

Feb. 10, 2020 5:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday to slash funding for the Superfund program around the country, despite already building up the biggest backlog in 15 years of hazardous waste clean-ups stalled for lack of money. Overall, the president proposed cutting $2.4 billion, or 26%,...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Italian region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

Feb. 8, 2020 2:16 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday....

FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, people leave the south portal of Yucca Mountain during a congressional tour near Mercury, Nev. President Donald Trump appears to have reversed position to now oppose creating a national nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Trump tweeted Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that his administration will respect the state, which has argued that the site about 100 miles from Las Vegas isn't suitable. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Trump tweets reversal of push for Nevada nuclear waste dump

Feb. 6, 2020 8:59 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to reverse his position on a proposal to create a national nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada after his administration tried for several years to revive the mothballed project. “Nevada, I hear you on Yucca Mountain and my...

Canadian company seeks new site to bury nuclear waste

Feb. 5, 2020 6:31 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A power company is reconsidering its options after dropping plans to bury waste from its nuclear plants on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron, officials said Wednesday. Ontario Power Generation abandoned its 15-year campaign to permanently store the waste in a deep underground...

Water company pleads guilty to hazardous waste violations

Jan. 9, 2020 10:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG...