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Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

Oct. 19, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed...

Big money pours into fight over Washington carbon fee

Sep. 27, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A campaign bankrolled by the oil industry has raised $20.46 million to defeat a carbon pollution fee on the ballot in Washington state aiming at tackling climate change. The money raised so far by the "No on 1631" campaign sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

EPA boss visits polluted mining sites in Montana

Sep. 7, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited two contaminated mining sites in Montana on Friday as the agency faces pressure to speed cleanup work that's dragged on for more than three decades. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Butte and Anaconda with...

The Latest: EPA boss says Superfund cleanups are a priority

Sep. 7, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a visit to two Superfund sites in southwestern Montana by acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 6 p.m. The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says cleaning up contamination at mining industry sites and other polluted locations is a...

A year later, Texas regulators move against Harvey polluters

Aug. 31, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — More than a year after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, state environmental authorities have only just begun enforcement actions against a handful of companies deemed responsible for some of the most massive air and water pollution incidents reported during and immediately...

EPA rethinking air pollution rule for power plants

Aug. 29, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering rewriting another Obama-era rule controlling hazardous emissions from coal-fired power plants, this one on mercury and other pollutants. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Molly Block said Wednesday that the agency is still preparing its...

US plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

Aug. 21, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The...