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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., after the accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine. The Navajo Nation's Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

Jan. 13, 2021 8:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals....

Navy approves the environmental cleanup plan for Carr Point

Dec. 28, 2020 6:12 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Navy and federal environmental agencies have agreed to the cleanup and environmental remediation of the former Carr Point shooting range in Rhode Island. A 163-page “Record of Decision” was made public this week by Naval Station Newport and outlines the...

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014 file photo shows a model of a fighter jet outside former Grumman Corp. plant in Bethpage, N.Y. New York has reached an agreement with defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $406 million plan to clean up a massive plume of underground contamination left from Long Island’s heyday as a hub of aerospace manufacturing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the deal Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

NY reaches deal on cleanup at Long Island aerospace site

Dec. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EST

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — New York has reached an agreement with defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $406 million plan to clean up a massive plume of underground contamination left from Long Island’s heyday as a hub of aerospace manufacturing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday....

California sues to recover costs for lead pollution cleanup

Dec. 21, 2020 4:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against multiple companies connected to a now-closed battery recycling plant years after California regulators pledged to recover cleanup costs from those responsible for spreading lead pollution to thousands of homes in southeast Los Angeles County. The state...

Settlement eyed for environmental cleanup cost at state park

Dec. 17, 2020 5:09 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a tentative settlement with the state of Delaware after seeking to recoup millions of dollars for costs associated with cleaning up lead-contaminated material at Fort DuPont State Park. A federal court complaint filed Wednesday by the...

EPA finalizes landmark cleanup plan for the Housatonic River

Dec. 17, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it has finalized a landmark cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The plan spells out the measures General Electric must follow to remove contamination caused by the release of polychlorinated biphenyls into the river. The plan updates...

Underground leak leads to spill on Kenai Peninsula

Dec. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Crews are cleaning up an oil spill of nearly 8,000 gallons (31,200 liters) at a Hilcorp facility on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The source of the spill at the Hilcorp Trading Bay production facility about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Kenai has been secured, the Alaska...

About 750 gallons cleaned up from Alaska diesel spill

Dec. 3, 2020 8:27 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About 750 gallons (2,800 liters) of diesel and water have been cleaned up after an Alaska oil spill that state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said occurred during a fuel tank transfer. State conservation officials said the Nov. 25 spill in the village of Selawik...

Officials: Ex-Varian site still contaminated after decades

Nov. 16, 2020 4:15 PM EST

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Environmental cleanup officials say a Massachusetts industrial site continues to show high levels of contamination despite an ongoing cleaning effort that has stretched nearly 30 years. Tests at the former Varian Associates site in Beverly indicated elevated levels of potentially...