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Flooding from Montana ice jam raises foul water worries

Jan. 20, 2020 12:30 PM EST

MISSOULA Mont. (AP) — A central Montana town has issued a boiled water notice after flooding from an ice jam raised worries about residential wells being contaminated. KECI-TV reports about two dozen homes in Choteau that use private wells were asked to boil their water as a precaution. The ice jam along...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the project's risks to clean water. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Hearing puts agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit

Jan. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency...

Bill would require Arizona tribes to resolve water disputes

Jan. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have introduced legislation to require Native American tribes in Arizona to resolve longstanding water disputes with the state before negotiating new gambling pacts. Cosponsors of the legislation, House Bill 244 7, include House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa,...

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas

Jan. 19, 2020 10:08 PM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 photo, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released about 20 bighorn sheep into the Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada, in an effort to revive the sheep population in the area. The sheep are believed to be the first of their species in the area in nearly 100 years. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Bighorn sheep return to Nevada lake after nearly 100 years

Jan. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EST

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. One...

Illinois approves coal company's mine water pumping proposal

Jan. 19, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved the first of three permits for a coal company's plan to discharge waste water from a mine into the Big Muddy River. If approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Williamson Energy LLC's Pond Creek Mine pipeline...

Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

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...

Lab owner gets 18 months for faking water quality results

Jan. 18, 2020 11:49 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A lab owner hired to insure water quality for dozens of Mississippi towns has been sentenced to 18 months for faking his test results. John H. Couey, 44, of Greenville falsified more than 1,000 lab reports sent to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. attorney...

Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...