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Editorials from around New England

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Urgent steps needed, vaping is killing people The Day Sept. 12 A suspicion that romaine or canteloupe or ground beef poses a threat to public health puts all hands on deck at restaurants and supermarkets to remove the suspect food. Get it off the market first and...

Where a mine supplied a nascent nation, cleanup nears end

Sep. 7, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — More than two centuries after people began exploiting the resources buried in the hills of Vermont, a river of pollution that flowed from what was once one of the most important copper mines in the United States has been tamed, and life has returned to downstream waterways. Two...

New Washington state nuclear waste cleanup efforts tested

Aug. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Workers at a Washington state decommissioned nuclear site say they have intentionally contaminated groundwater to accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. The Tri-City Herald reported Sunday that the Department of Energy began a soil-flushing project in May that could save workers from...

Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes

Aug. 19, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris site for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination. Meanwhile, cleanup teams swept, sprayed and...

Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

Sununu signs law aimed at reducing water contamination

Aug. 17, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire environmental officials have less than three months to propose a plan to substantially reduce contamination from the Coakley Landfill superfund site in North Hampton. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday that gives the Department of Environmental...

Plans move ahead for cleanup around former Michigan tannery

Aug. 16, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say excavators will soon be used to remove contaminated soil and buried leather from the former Wolverine World Wide tannery site in western Michigan. The Grand Rapids Press reports a popular stretch of the White Pine Trail will be closed in Rockford for the work...

Cleanup contracts extended at Washington state nuclear site

Aug. 14, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two major environmental cleanup contracts for up to a year at a contaminated nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that the extensions were granted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to allow work to...

Arsenic fears didn't stall federal cleanup at Indiana school

Aug. 11, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Federal authorities are forging ahead with the Superfund cleanup of a lead-contaminated former school in northwestern Indiana, despite residents' concerns about the potential health risk from arsenic at the site. The Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the project to...

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....