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Kentucky officials worry bankrupt mines may abandon cleanup

Jan. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are concerned that two bankrupt coal companies could abandon their environmental obligations. At a hearing this week in West Virginia, officials said Blackjewel LLC and Revelation Energy might leave Kentucky taxpayers with a bill for millions in mine reclamation...

EPA to discuss plans for Ashland Superfund site cleanup

Jan. 18, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ASHLAND, Mass. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a public information session to inform Ashland residents about the updated groundwater cleanup plan for a contaminated industrial site. The public hearing Thursday at Ashland High School is for the EPA to go over its approximately...

Mine waste, air pollution on Idaho agency's expense concerns

Jan. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine...

Cleanup of contaminated site is expected to cost millions

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The cleanup of an industrial site in suburban Detroit from which contaminated water leaked last month will likely cost millions of dollars, officials of Michigan’s environmental agency said Wednesday. Tracy Kecskenmeti of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and...

Lawmakers eye emergency water rights for cleaning up spills

Jan. 13, 2020 5:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after such things as tanker trunk crashes is standard cleanup practice in Idaho. But removing that water could be violating the state's strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored. So lawmakers on Monday...

Nephew will run for uncle's open Wisconsin Senate seat

Jan. 13, 2020 3:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Retiring state Sen. Dave Hansen's nephew said Monday that he plans to run for his uncle's open seat this fall. Jonathon Hansen said he'll run as a Democrat in northeastern Wisconsin's 30th Senate District. He has served as an alderman in DePere since April 2017. He said he wants to...

Danny Rohloff, construction management coordinator, shows Minneapolis Director of Public Works Robin Hutcheson and Gov. Tim Walz around a storm tunnel beneath the ground during a tour of the system in northeast Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Walz goes downs sewer to highlight need for water projects

Jan. 10, 2020 4:49 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz went into a storm sewer Friday to call attention to his proposal for Minnesota to borrow $300 million to protect its water supplies by replacing aging infrastructure and upgrading treatment facilities. The package was the second of four installments of his public works...

This photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation toxic chemical substances leaked along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich., on Dec. 20, 2019. The discovery led to an investigation of an old industrial site near the interstate. State regulators said high levels of multiple contaminants have been found in soil and groundwater around the former Electro-Plating Services.  (Michigan Department of Transportation via AP)

Superfund cleanup considered for Detroit 'green goo' site

Jan. 10, 2020 4:05 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from which a greenish stream of contaminated water leaked onto a freeway will be considered for the federal Superfund cleanup program, Michigan officials said Friday. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said an...

Officer sues Seattle claiming toxic chemicals sickened him

Jan. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer who claims he has suffered health problems since being exposed to toxic chemicals during the cleanup of a homeless camp in Sodo last year has sued the city. The Seattle Times reports Officer Timothy Gifford contends in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, water contaminated with arsenic, lead and zinc flows from a pipe out of the Lee Mountain mine and into a holding pond near Rimini, Mont. The community is part of the Upper Tenmile Creek Superfund site, where dozens of abandoned mines have left water supplies polluted and residents must use bottled water. The Trump administration has built up the largest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund projects awaiting clean-up in at least 15 years, nearly tripling the number of sites where clean-ups are ready to go but awaiting money, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump

Jan. 3, 2020 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency...