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EPA lays out next steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines

Jun. 14, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday laid out the next steps it will take to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines in southwestern Colorado, including dredging contaminated sediment from streambeds and digging ditches to divert water away from tainted rocks and...

Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force

Jun. 2, 2018 6:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. Cook has been...

Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force

Jun. 1, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. Cook has been...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Russia probe, border; Pruitt claims

May. 21, 2018 12:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts involving the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In a series of tweets Sunday, he repeatedly assails special counsel Robert Mueller's probe as hopelessly biased, insisting that it is effectively controlled by...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the Washington blame game

May. 19, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deflect blame for the bad things. Take undue credit for the good things. When President Donald Trump and his environmental chief sat down with different audiences this past week, the blame game was on display. So was some chest-thumping. Trump tried to lay responsibility on Democrats for...

Wynn completes $68 million pollution cleanup at casino site

May. 17, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — Wynn Resorts has removed nearly 1 million tons of contaminated sediment from the former chemical plant site where it's building a $2.5 billion Boston-area casino. The final price tag was about $68 million, or more than double the $30 million previously estimated by the Las Vegas...

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

May. 16, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra...

The Latest: Mining industry backs Trump over pollution rule

May. 16, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to the Trump administration's reversal of a proposal to make mining companies prove they can pay for future pollution cleanups (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The mining industry says it will intervene on behalf of the Trump administration in a lawsuit...

Facebook: We're better at policing nudity than hate speech

May. 15, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is more challenging than weeding out other types of unacceptable posts because computer programs still stumble over the nuances of human language, the company revealed Tuesday. Facebook also released statistics that...

Commentator Hugh Hewitt told not to report on Pruitt

May. 9, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post has told columnist Hugh Hewitt not to write about Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt after it was revealed that Hewitt helped arrange a meeting with the EPA chief and lawyers interested in cleaning pollution in California. MSNBC, where the...