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Company says it can safely mine near Georgia wildlife refuge

Aug. 18, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Ga. (AP) — The president of an Alabama company says he's confident that his firm can mine land just east of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge without polluting the water or soil, despite concerns expressed by a federal agency. Twin Pines Minerals President Steve Ingle made the comments at...

Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

Heavy metals found in groundwater near coal plants

Aug. 13, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

CHRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) — Environmental officials say heavy metals from coal ash have seeped into groundwater at a Duke Energy complex along Florida's Gulf Coast. A report by a consulting firm shows that arsenic, lithium and other contaminants were found in samples of wells surrounding the coal plants on...

Smoky fire in North Vegas industrial building snarls traffic

Aug. 9, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A smoky fire in an industrial area in North Las Vegas generated a plume of heavy black smoke, snarled traffic and prompted a warning for motorists on a busy nearby freeway to use caution. City authorities did not immediately respond to messages about the fire reported a little...

Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

Aug. 9, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area — which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining at the site. The tribe contends in the federal lawsuit filed...

Fukushima nuclear plant out of space for radioactive water

Aug. 9, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The utility company operating Fukushima's tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant said Friday it will run out of space to store massive amounts of contaminated water in three years, adding pressure on the government and the public to reach a consensus on what to do with it. Three reactors at...

New Mexico releases plan for contaminated Phillips 66 site

Aug. 8, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environment officials are reviewing a plan that details options for investigating contaminated groundwater at an industrial site on the edge of Albuquerque. The state Environment Department on Wednesday made public the plan for the Phillips 66 fuel facility. Officials...

32 years after poisoning, cleanup launched at arsenic site

Aug. 6, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

KENT, N.Y. (AP) — In the weeks after they moved from New York City to their dream home in the leafy countryside, Norman and Alicia Berns grew ill with nausea, numbness and crushing fatigue. She tried to restore her health by drinking plenty of water, but that turned out to be the worst thing she could do....

Coal plant owner to pay $1M over Chesapeake contamination

Aug. 1, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The owner of a coal plant on a river north of Maryland may have to pay a $1 million fine over pollution leaking into the river and flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Sun reports Talen Energy and its Brunner Island coal plant reached a consent decree with environmental groups...

Fire at Texas Exxon Mobil refinery slightly injures 37

Jul. 31, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An explosion and fire at an Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Texas on Wednesday left 37 people with minor injuries, in the latest of a series of petrochemical industry blazes this year in the Houston area. The fire began after an explosion at approximately 11:07 a.m. at an Exxon Mobil plant in...