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5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295...

3 years after Colorado mine spill, victims awaiting payment

Aug. 3, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government still has not repaid any of the victims for the millions of dollars in economic damage they claimed. The EPA said this week it is making...

Australian chain sets 3rd deadline to end free plastic bags

Aug. 2, 2018 4:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A major Australian supermarket chain on Thursday set a third deadline for ending free plastic bags for shoppers, balancing customer anger at an additional shopping expense with environmentalists' demands for corporate action against plastic pollution. Coles has been handing out...

Professor works with residents to test for pollution

Jul. 29, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Many families in Arizona mining communities have concerns about what pollutants might be in their immediate environment and in harvested rainwater for gardens. A University of Arizona program is underway to help communities such as the mining and industrial towns of Hayden-Winkelman,...

EPA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Colorado mine spill

Jul. 27, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation seeking the repayment of cleanup costs for a mine spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states. The EPA said in a motion Wednesday that the...

Years of work ahead to study chemical pollution at NASA site

Jul. 19, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Understanding the extent of contamination at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility from dangerous industrial chemicals that also made their way into the drinking water for the nearby island town of Chincoteague will take years, officials said this week. Meanwhile, the popular tourist town on...

US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

Jul. 18, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said...

US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

Jul. 18, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said...

EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

Jul. 17, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers in shaping protections for human...

Snyder wants to sue 3M to recoup costs of contamination

Jul. 13, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that the state of Michigan intends to sue the Minnesota-based manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water near military bases and industrial sites, citing "significant costs" that will only rise in the future. Snyder, whose administration has...