Latest Industrial pollution News

Mining company wants Idaho tribe's lawsuit put on hold

Oct. 11, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Canadian company hoping to mine for gold in central Idaho wants a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe requesting that the site be cleaned up to be put on hold. British Columbia-based Midas Gold said in court documents filed Wednesday that its plan for the area about 40 miles (65...

Texas agency blames Imelda in mass release of air pollutants

Sep. 25, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Imelda triggered the release of about 100,000 pounds (45,000 kilograms) of toxic air pollutants from chemical plants and refineries in Southeast Texas, state environmental records show. Industrial facilities are vulnerable when struck by storms like Imelda,...

Initial steps underway for renovation of defunct power plant

Sep. 25, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Initial steps are underway for the partial demolition and renovation of a defunct Vermont power plant. Mychamplainvalley.com reports crews will begin construction at the old Moran plant along the Burlington Waterfront after they assess contaminants at the plant, like lead and...

Pollution found in US river downstream of Canada mines

Sep. 23, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government scientists found high levels of pollution that can be toxic to fish, aquatic insects and the birds that feed on them in a river that flows into Montana and Idaho from a coal mining region of Canada, officials said Monday. Elevated levels of selenium were found in fish...

Pollution found in US river downstream of Canada mines

Sep. 23, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say they've detected high pollution levels in fish from a river that flows into Montana and Idaho from a coal mining region of Canada. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that elevated levels of selenium were found in fish and fish eggs from the...

Colstrip ash cleanup uses more wells to capture fouled water

Sep. 22, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Talen Energy is proposing to install more wells to flush out and capture underground water reserves that were polluted by coal ash dumped into leaky holding ponds at eastern Montana's Colstrip power plant. State regulators will decide on the proposal following an upcoming public...

3M halting some work in Alabama for environmental reasons

Sep. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A company that's facing lawsuits and public scrutiny over pollution from a north Alabama plant says it's suspending some manufacturing work because of environmental reasons. A statement issued by 3M Co. says it is temporarily halting some operations at its factory in Decatur, but no...

Mining waste contaminants suspected in Montana fish kill

Sep. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A fish kill in Montana has been blamed on mining waste washed into a river during recent heavy rains. The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that a state Fish, Wildlife and Parks department biologist says whitefish, trout and suckers have died in the Clark Fork River between Warm Springs...

Montana high court defers to agency on coal mine pollution

Sep. 10, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Supreme Court has reversed a lower-court ruling that struck down a water pollution permit for a large coal mine near Colstrip. District Judge Kathy Seeley in 2016 ordered the state Department of Environmental Quality to reconsider the permit for the Rosebud strip mine,...

Nevada state panel upholds permit for huge open pit mine

Sep. 4, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Environmental Commission rejected conservationists' appeal Wednesday of a water pollution control permit granted last year for a huge open-pit mine critics warn could pollute the state's precious groundwater for centuries. The Great Basin Resource Watch had urged the state...