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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, shows the Woodland Reservoir in Syracuse, N.Y. New York state's Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted standards on Thursday, July 30, 2020, that set a maximum level for how much of the hard-to-remove industrial pollutant, 1,4-Dioxane, can be in drinking water. The chemical is often found in baby products, shampoos, body washes and lotions. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Groups hope NY rules get pollutants out of drinking water

Jul. 30, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Clean water activists hope that water suppliers will remove an industrial pollutant under new water standards adopted Thursday in New York. The state's Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted standards that set a maximum level for how much of the hard-to-remove chemical...

FILE - In this July 16, 2009, file photo, phosphate ore is dug up and transported from Monsanto Company's South Rasmussen Mine site near Soda Springs, Idaho. U.S. land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, approved the project that's expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot's existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello. (Bill Schaefer/The Idaho State Journal via AP, File)

US officials OK eastern Idaho phosphate mine expansion

Jul. 29, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday approved the project that’s expected to keep about 600 workers...

Alabama environmental agency reaches agreement with 3M

Jul. 24, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with chemical giant 3M regarding cleanup of “forever chemicals” at its plant in Decatur and at multiple sites in northwest part of the state. The state environmental...

Removal of radioactive soil forces 18-month road closure

Jul. 24, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A portion of a St. Louis County road will be closed for a year and a half, in part to remove radioactive soil along a contaminated creek. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the 18-month closure of a stretch of Pershall Road in Hazelwood also will allow for replacement...

EPA aims to take East Chicago homes off toxic Superfund list

Jul. 18, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to remove hundreds of once-contaminated East Chicago properties from its National Priorities List to spur development in the northwestern Indiana city that could potentially qualify homes for interior lead abatement. The National...

US EPA says Vermont falling behind on Lake Champlain cleanup

Jul. 15, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Vermont’s failure to develop a key pollution permit program threatens the health of Lake Champlain. In a letter sent last month, the EPA said the state is behind schedule on developing a stormwater permit for properties that are...

Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

Jul. 14, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado company agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales Island area, CoastAlaska reported ...

Cutter departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for last time

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time. The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola,...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...