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Brownfield cleanup projects coming to Maine communities

May. 22, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Communities in Maine are going to use more than $24 million in federal money to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites around the state. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It will pay for assessments and site cleanups in...

WVa gets more federal funding for abandoned mine cleanup

May. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive an additional $27 million in federal funding for abandoned coal mine cleanup. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The office's...

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

May. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with...

A new Oregon mining boom could be a bust for sage grouse

May. 14, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

McDermitt, Ore. (AP) — Katie Fite crouched behind some waist-high sagebrush, and her dog Bell nestled in the plant’s cozy cavity to shield from howling winds. It was the first Saturday in April, peak mating season for sage grouse on a remote stretch of the Oregon-Nevada border....

Agencies, company continue oil spill cleanup after fire

Apr. 20, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oil cleanup continues after a gas station fire in Medford last week, state officials said. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday that the agency and NEXGEN Logistics had collected and disposed of most of the recoverable oil in and around...

HBCU students, faculty press urgent need for climate action

Apr. 15, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

New Orleans (AP) — Both joy and frustration are in the air in New Orleans at the HBCU Climate Change Conference this week as environmental and climate advocates and researchers from around the United States press for urgent climate action and pollution cleanup in poor communities and communities...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 06, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 31, 2022. Editorial: Publicizing legislator expenses is common sense Sometimes a bill comes along that’s such an obviously good idea that you wonder why it took so long. It’s almost always because legislators themselves stand to be...

Army OKs $1.5M settlement for pollution at former depot

Apr. 03, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Army has reached an agreement with Zuni Pueblo, the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico to pay $1.5 million toward restoring environmental damage done at a former munitions depot. The proposed settlement filed in federal court involves Fort...

EPA moves to end asbestos cleanup along Montana railroad

Mar. 23, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators are moving to end a years-long cleanup along dozens of miles of railroad in two northwestern Montana communities where lung-damaging asbestos from mining has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The asbestos came from mining vermiculite...

Paden City, West Virginia, added to EPA Superfund list

Mar. 21, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials have added the groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday placed Paden City’s groundwater on the list of Superfund...