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Final cleanup cost of old Vermont copper mine 4 times plan

Nov. 27, 2021 11:36 AM EST

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — A final tally of the cost of cleaning up the long-abandoned Elizabeth copper mine in the Vermont town of Strafford came in more than four times the original estimate, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The Valley News reports that when the...

Portland Harbor dredging project doesn't win federal grant

Nov. 24, 2021 11:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of public and private entities that applied for a federal grant to support a major dredging project around Portland Harbor was not selected. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it would not be awarding $24...

Tribes, groups sue to force Montana to enforce mining law

Nov. 10, 2021 20:10 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana tribes and conservation groups sued state environmental regulators Wednesday after Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. The lawsuit was filed in...

City OKs Google data centers amid secrecy, water worries

Nov. 09, 2021 16:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The council of a small Oregon city has approved a deal with Google that will enable the technology giant to build two more water-guzzling data centers there, though some residents worry about drought and secrecy. A single data center can churn through...

EPA's cleanup of copper mine ending, Vermont to monitor

Nov. 08, 2021 13:43 PM EST

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says that its 20-year cleanup of a former copper mine in Strafford is coming to an end and that it will hand over monitoring of the site to authorities in Vermont. The Lebanon Valley News reported Friday that the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 08, 2021 10:03 AM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. Nov. 7, 2021. Editorial: Cleanup plan at AltEn shows magnitude of work, disaster Imagine pesticide-laden wet cake piled onto Tom Osborne Field to nearly the top of Memorial Stadium, which is surrounded by 273 Woods Park-sized...

Southern California enacts new smog rules on refineries

Nov. 05, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — Southern California air regulators on Friday approved new restrictions on area oil refineries and other factories that could remove tons of smog-forming pollutants from the air. The board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District...

Oil spill cleanup improves, fisheries to stay closed longer

Nov. 05, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Five weeks after a ruptured underwater pipeline spilled crude in the waters off Southern California, cleanup crews have cleared about a third of the shoreline and the amount of oily waste collected is tapering, an official said Friday. ...

State seeks input on clean water spending priorities

Oct. 24, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont residents are being asked for their input on how to spend about $46.9 million to clean up water pollution in the state. The Vermont Clean Water Board is seeking feedback in an online questionnaire on the funding levels and the board’s...

Professor: Dragonflies thrive at mine drainage cleanup sites

Oct. 23, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

LILLY, Pa. (AP) — With a swoosh of a net, a flick of the wrist and a little bit of luck, St. Francis University biology professor Lane Loya snagged another dragonfly from a reed during a recent trip into the field for his research. For the past decade, he’s been...