Latest Industrial pollution News

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

Sep. 28, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say. ...

Minnesota Ojibwe harvest sacred, climate-imperiled wild rice

Sep. 20, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ON LEECH LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Seated low in her canoe sliding through a rice bed on this vast lake, Kendra Haugen used one wooden stick to bend the stalks and another to knock the rice off, so gently the stalks sprung right back up. On a mid-September morning, no breeze ruffled...

Composting companies battle contamination as programs expand

Sep. 17, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Clinton Sander is done with contaminated compost. On a recent morning, he sifted through long piles of waste from Denver and Boulder at a facility in Keenesburg operated by A1 Organics, the state’s largest compost recycler. Sander, the company’s...

BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution

Sep. 15, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement Thursday over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations at the Whiting facility in Indiana. The agreement is the second in the past year...

US withdraws polluted Montana site from new mining

Sep. 13, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have withdrawn parcels of public land near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana from future mining to protect a reclamation area where more than $80 million has been spent to clean up past mining contamination. Mining will be barred...

S. Carolina nuclear fuel plant can keep running for 40 years

Sep. 13, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials have granted a South Carolina factory which is just one of three in the country making fuel for nuclear plants a license to keep operating for 40 years. Environmental groups had fought the new license for Westinghouse Nuclear in Columbia or...

Judge: Pipeline can operate on reservation amid reroute work

Sep. 08, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge will allow an oil and gas pipeline to continue to flow on a northern Wisconsin American Indian reservation while its operators work to reroute the line around the tribal land. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge in 2019...

New Mexico seeks proposals with mine spill settlement funds

Aug. 12, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is calling for proposals that would be funded with $10 million received as part of a recent settlement stemming from a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. The state and the federal government reached the agreement in June....

Drummond ordered to clean old mine site, pay $3.65 million

Aug. 12, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Drummond Co. Inc. must clean up an abandoned site and pay $3.65 million under an agreement approved by a federal judge in a lawsuit over environmental pollution in north Alabama. The settlement, announced in a statement released Thursday by environmental...

Pipeline developer pleads no contest in pollution cases

Aug. 05, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The developer of a major pipeline system that connects the Marcellus Shale gas field in western Pennsylvania to an export terminal near Philadelphia pleaded no contest Friday to criminal charges that it systematically polluted waterways and residential water wells across...