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Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Nov. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is...

DNR: Guard responsible for contamination at airport

Nov. 6, 2019 7:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators say the Wisconsin Air National Guard is responsible for contaminating soil and groundwater in and around Madison's Truax Field and needs to clean up the toxic chemicals or face legal action. The Department of Natural Resources says the chemicals found are associated...

Closing arguments made in North Pole refinery pollution case

Oct. 30, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge will decide who is liable for the cleanup of a substance that leaked from a North Pole oil refinery and contaminated nearby water wells. Superior Court Judge Warren Matthews was considering a ruling after hearing closing arguments Tuesday at the trial focused on...

Washington port to buy waterfront mill property for $33M

Oct. 23, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Everett has authorized a $33 million agreement to buy a former waterfront mill property. The Everett Herald reports the purchase is part of a plan to clean up a contaminated stretch of industrial shoreline for redevelopment. Port commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to...

Brazil sending more troops in oil spill clean-up

Oct. 21, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With pressure from the public and courts growing for Brazil's government to do more, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said Monday that 5,000 more troops will be dispatched to help clean up oil polluting the nation's northeastern coast. Mourão told reporters about 600 tons of...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

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...

Bacteria hiding in South Carolina marsh cleans up pollution

Oct. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's pluff mud, the slick, dark muck that will swallow shoes whole, makes up much of the state's coastal marshes. The smell, depending on whom you ask, is either the sweet smell of home or an awful stink. But the mud holds a secret that could help clean up environmental...

Alabama city getting $3 million for lead removal

Oct. 6, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The city of Tuscaloosa is getting $3 million in federal grant money to help remove lead contamination from low-income homes. The Tuscaloosa News reports the money will be used for safety improvements in 250 homes in the city. Tuscaloosa is the only Alabama city to receive money...

Supreme Court to hear Montana superfund case in December

Oct. 3, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Dec. 3 hearing date for the case of two Montana communities seeking additional cleanup of arsenic left there after a century of copper smelting. The Montana Standard reports the high court will hear the case contesting whether Atlantic Richfield Co....