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Ex-Interior chief Zinke cleared of illegal politicking

Mar. 13, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't engage in illegal political activity when he went to Pennsylvania about a year ago to announce federal grants shortly before a special House election. The Office of Special Counsel released its finding this week...

New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

Mar. 11, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do. The New Mexico environment department,...

Lawmakers: High costs slowing action on contaminant in water

Mar. 6, 2019 4:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleaning up and protecting U.S. drinking water from a class of toxic chemicals used in many household items could cost in the tens of billions of dollars nationally, including $2 billion for the Department of Defense alone, witnesses testified Wednesday before a House panel urging the...

New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination

Mar. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities. The contamination — linked to a class of...

50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites

Feb. 20, 2019 7:00 PM EST

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic...

Cleanup underway after northern Oklahoma crude oil spill

Jan. 30, 2019 6:29 PM EST

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Crews are working to contain thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked into a creek in northern Oklahoma. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Wednesday oil extends for about 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Black Bear Creek in rural Garfield County. Skinner says the...