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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...

Contaminated Columbia River island added to Superfund list

Mar. 17, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday added Bradford Island and surrounding waters of the Columbia River to its Superfund list of toxic waste sites, beginning the process for the eventual cleanup of the area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

EPA names part of Hackensack River to Superfund list

Mar. 17, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sediment in a stretch of the Hackensack River in northern New Jersey has traces of arsenic, lead and other contaminants and was named Thursday as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site, federal and state regulators said. Later assessments could...

Groups sue for records in Montana mine pollution case

Mar. 15, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups are suing Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration to obtain records related to its decision to drop legal claims against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. The groups, Earthworks and Montana Environmental...