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20 barrels of oil by-product spill in McKenzie County crash

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Twenty barrels of produced water spilled into a small creek in North Dakota's McKenzie County after a truck that was carrying the material crashed on an icy road, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday. The truck operated by Blackshirt, LLC was transporting produced water, which is...

500 grass-eating carp released into overgrown Louisiana lake

Dec. 13, 2019 3:51 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 500 grass-eating carp were released into a Louisiana lake on Thursday to help gobble up vegetation taking over the water, Baton Rouge parks and recreation officials said. The combination of a warmer winter and an excess of nutrients from runoff has allowed vegetation to...

New Hanford cleanup contract worth up to $10B awarded

Dec. 12, 2019 8:17 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, it announced Thursday. The Tri-City Herald reports under the current contract, almost 1,700 workers are cleaning up contamination primarily in the center of the...

State orders cleanup of aggregate spill into Detroit River

Dec. 12, 2019 7:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators have ordered a company to clean up limestone and other materials that its tenant spilled into the Detroit River last month. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy sent a violation notice Wednesday to Erickson's Inc., the owner of the...

Environmental groups sue steel mill over lake chemical spill

Dec. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EST

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing a steelmaker for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility more than 100 times in the past five years, including an August spill that killed more than 3,000 fish. The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Hoosier...

Wisconsin county's threat to journalists came from top

Dec. 12, 2019 4:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin county's ridiculed resolution that sought to dictate, under the threat of prosecution, how the media could report about a contentious water study was the brainchild of a neighboring county's top official, newly released records show. The ideas for the Lafayette County...

Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

Dec. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at least 257 people — though other experts have said the disaster could have been prevented. The report...

Lawmakers cheer bid to ease Air Force contamination impact

Dec. 12, 2019 2:05 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A defense spending bill that's close to clearing Congress is getting praise from members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, who say it includes some relief for communities affected by contamination at Air Force bases in the state and elsewhere around the country. New Mexico...

State: Water safe around Detroit River aggregate spill

Dec. 11, 2019 9:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Tests performed near where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River have found the water meets all quality standards, Michigan officials announced Wednesday. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said samples were taken upstream and downstream from the...

Massachusetts lawmakers face deadline on surplus budget deal

Dec. 11, 2019 7:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to quickly come up with a spending plan for $1 billion in surplus tax revenue. State Comptroller Andrew Maylor had threatened to transfer the entire $1 billion into the state's rainy day fund if Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House...