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3 Indiana communities get EPA grants to address brownfields

May. 22, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Three Indiana communities are getting a share of $1.4 million in federal grants to help clean up or assess pollution at properties in old industrial sites known as brownfields. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the cities of...

New Mexico official takes aim at oil, gas bond requirements

May. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas wells, pipelines and related infrastructure fall far short of what would be needed to offset closure and cleanup costs, according to the findings of an independent study released Thursday. ...

Mississippi city gets $492,000 to map contaminated sites

May. 19, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is getting a $492,000 federal grant to list and assess contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial sites and to get local residents interested. Target areas are downtown Natchez and the Adams County Industrial Park, the...

Work to restore nearly 5 square miles of Louisiana coast

May. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Work has begun on three projects designed to restore nearly 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of Louisiana's coastal land, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. They'll use a total of 18 million cubic yards (13.8 million cubic meters) of sediment...

EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites

May. 11, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced more than $66 million in grants to 151 communities nationwide to assess and clean up contaminated or abandoned "brownfields'' — industrial and commercial properties that contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or...

New Mexico issues 10-year plan for boosting forest health

Apr. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Restoring forests, using fire as a management tool and getting more buy-in from private land owners are among the strategies outlined in New Mexico’s latest forest action plan. The state Forestry Division released the plan Monday. The federal...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Coal company agrees to fix environmental violations

Apr. 03, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A coal company in Kentucky has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in penalties and fix environmental violations, clearing the way for production at an Appalachian mine. American Resources Corp. said recently it had begun shipping coal from the Perry...