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EPA taking 1st big steps to clean up leaking Colorado mines

May. 23, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern Colorado, officials said Thursday. The work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and ponds,...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Plant contamination worries prompts closing of Ohio school

May. 14, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The discovery of radioactive material in and around a southern Ohio middle school has led the school district to close the building for the remainder of the academic year to allow for more testing and an evaluation of potential health impacts. Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) Valley Local School...

Russian oil firm asks for probe of contaminated supply

Apr. 30, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian oil company has asked state security services to investigate a small private company accused of pushing contaminated oil through an export pipeline to Belarus. In a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Transneft CEO Nikolai Tokarev said that a private firm in the Samara...

Exxon agrees to $1 million penalty for Montana oil spill

Apr. 26, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to pay a $1.05 million penalty to settle alleged federal water pollution violations from an oil pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River, according to court documents filed Friday. Approval of the agreement by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters would...

Watchdog: EPA data on sewer plant pollution is inaccurate

Apr. 8, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general says data released to the public about municipal sewer discharges is not accurate. The agency watchdog sent a letter to the head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention on Monday, warning that some information about hazardous...

EPA: No known toxic releases at flooded Superfund sites

Mar. 28, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, according to federal regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency on...

New Jersey orders cleanup of clothing, cookware chemicals

Mar. 25, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is ordering five companies that manufacture chemicals used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware to spend what could be hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up contamination from the substances. The state Department of Environmental Protection Mo ordered...