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New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination

Mar. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law. The law requires schools' drinking water equipment to be tested by Jan. 1, 2023 and take action if results show lead at higher...

Indiana woman's lead testing company gets clients nationwide

Mar. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Megan Glover was growing concerned about her water. Four years ago, the country was on the heels of a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that had alerted many to the dangers of lead poisoning and water safety. In Zionsville, Glover was acutely aware of the issues just a state away. As...

Oil industry cites virus in seeking broad pollution waivers

Mar. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a request from the oil and gas industry to ease enforcement of hazardous air and water pollution and other regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is drawing objections from public health...

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. The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review Monday, March 23, 2020, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota Court of Appeals sends PolyMet permit back to MPCA

Mar. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review on Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. The appeals court found that the Minnesota Pollution Control...

Rules to reduce New Mexico methane emissions being drafted

Mar. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico departments reportedly plan to release draft complimentary regulations for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors later this year. The Farmington Daily Times reports the New Mexico Environment Department and Energy, Minerals and the Natural Resources...

Copper company fined $33K over Arizona smelter air pollution

Mar. 19, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

HAYDEN, Ariz. (AP) — A copper-producing company has been fined $33,000 for failing to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settlement over dust pollution at an Arizona smelter. EPA officials announced Wednesday that ASARCO was penalized for non-compliance with a 2015 settlement for violations...

Crop-dusting bill heads to Idaho governor

Mar. 18, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation sought by pesticide-spraying crop dusters that underwent significant amending to put in protections for people on the ground headed to the governor's desk on Wednesday. The House unanimously approved the amended version after the initial version it approved last month got...

Louisiana plant asks regulators to allow higher emissions

Mar. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana chemical plant that agreed to lower its emissions of a potentially harmful toxin now wants to raise them based on research indicating the compound is safe at much higher levels than what federal environmental officials previously said. The LaPlace facility in St. John the...

Colorado counties sue state over new air-quality regulations

Mar. 16, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Two Colorado counties joined a statewide lawsuit against new oil and gas air-quality rules they say unfairly impact rural areas. Garfield and Mesa counties joined seven other counties in the lawsuit against the state Air Quality Control Commission, Air Pollution Control...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Mar. 16, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Ohio Gov. DeWine shows he’s up to COVID-19 challenge Akron Beacon Journal March 14 Just as with power, a crisis doesn’t change a person’s character so much as reveal it. What we’ve learned in the last 10 days...