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Survey of Vermont nuclear plant shows areas of contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 6:21 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A survey of groundwater and soil of the Vermont Yankee site turned up 17 “areas of concern" for contamination. Five of the areas of nuclear power plant in Vernon are so polluted that they require additional cleanup, representatives from NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co....

Tennessee Valley Authority removing asbestos near plant

Dec. 10, 2019 2:43 PM EST

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority started removing asbestos-contaminated material last week that was unearthed during construction near its Kingston Fossil Plant. Officials at the utility have said they do not know where the material came from but it could be part of an old burn pit. It...

Court seems ready to curb claims over Montana Superfund site

Dec. 3, 2019 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that Montana homeowners who are seeking additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting need the permission of the Environmental Protection Agency. That outcome would be a loss for the homeowners and a win for...

Pennsylvania boosts aid for clean water near military bases

Nov. 29, 2019 5:29 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Municipalities in Pennsylvania that are paying to clean up water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds from military installations such as Willow Grove Naval Air Station will get more state help. Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf allows municipal authorities to get...

As cleanup continues, new uses eyed for contaminated site

Nov. 24, 2019 1:15 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — After removing thousands of tons of contaminated soil, trustees of a federal superfund site are asking Mississippi residents how they want to redevelop the area. Proposals for the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. creosote plant in Columbus include open public spaces, residential and...

Colorado Court of Appeals rules for uranium mine cleanup

Nov. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EST

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Court of Appeals order to clean up a dormant uranium mine in southwest Colorado could encourage overdue uranium mine reclamation on the Western Slope. That’s according to The Cortez Journal, which reported this week on the order affecting the Van 4 mine located near...

Audit: Utah oil, gas division lacks environmental oversight

Nov. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s oil and gas division has not carried out state-mandated oversight allowing more than 100 noncompliance cases to go unresolved and is not forcing cleanup of environmental contamination at waste disposal sites, a legislative audit found. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and...

Washington state refinery oil spill cleanup complete

Nov. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Officials from a spill response team have announced that cleanup of refinery oil in Washington state was completed Sunday. The Skagit-Valley Herald reported Monday that the Shell Puget Sound Refinery spill was reported Friday during the transfer of crude oil from Alaska’s...

Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...