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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...

Niagara Falls board sees improvement a year after discharge

Jul. 24, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The Niagara Falls Water Board says it has made changes to its wastewater treatment plant that should prevent any more discharges like one that blackened the water of the Niagara River in front of tourists last summer. Board members on Monday cited a "culture shift" at the plant...

US prosecutors: Water company illegally dumped toxic waste

Jul. 19, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California company that sells Crystal Geyser bottled water has been charged with illegally disposing of arsenic-tainted wastewater, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The charges don't allege that CG Roxane LLC sold tainted water, but that it illegally shipped and disposed of the...

3 injured in explosion, fire at Oklahoma disposal well

Jul. 18, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — Central Oklahoma authorities say three people have been injured in an explosion and fire at a saltwater disposal well. Kingfisher County emergency management officials say the explosion occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday at a saltwater disposal well south of Oklahoma Highway...

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...

Toys, eyeglasses, cellphones surface in Ohio sewer system

Jul. 15, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Workers in a metropolitan sewer district in Ohio have amassed an impressive collection of toys, eyeglasses and other objects that made their way through the sewer system. The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati provides wastewater collection and treatment for businesses and...

Truck crash spills more waste from Colorado mine into creek

Jul. 9, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — A truck hauling waste from a Colorado mine — the source of a 2015 spill that polluted rivers in three states— crashed into a creek on Monday, spilling at least some of its load into the water, authorities said. The driver was not seriously injured, but about 9 cubic...

Oklahoma sees more severe earthquakes, fewer overall

Jul. 7, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's 4.0 earthquakes are up significantly this year, but the overall rate of earthquakes is declining. Oklahoma has had six quakes of at least magnitude 4.0 halfway through this year, which is one more than all of last year. But the overall rate of earthquakes has declined, with...