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St. Johnsbury asks voters for $5.4M to renovate armory

Aug. 01, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The St. Johnsbury select board is asking town voters to authorize them to borrow $5.4 million dollars to pay for the renovation of the long-shuttered St. Johnsbury Armory. If the bond is approved during the Sept. 14 vote, the Main Street...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 31, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land. The wells, unable to produce any...

Helena says Tenmile Creek more contaminated than EPA found

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Water samples taken by Helena City staff in Tenmile Creek following a mine waste spill earlier this month show severely higher levels of metals and arsenic than those reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Helena Independent Record reported. ...

EXCLUSIVE: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

Jul. 27, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules...

Feds issue big fine to 2 Yakima County fruit companies

Jul. 27, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The federal government has issued big fines against two Yakima County fruit companies for missing the annual deadline for filing forms reporting that their facilities store anhydrous ammonia. Stadelman Fruit LLC was fined $238,875 by the...

Elevated metal levels found in water near Rockton's Chemtool

Jul. 24, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials have found elevated levels of harmful metals in groundwater monitoring wells at a Rockton Superfund toxic waste site. But the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency noted that the substances were not found in the municipal water system...

New Jersey backs Superfund cleanup for Hackensack River

Jul. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Friday took the first step to rid the lower Hackensack River of heavily contaminated sediment dating from the state's industrial past. State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced the commitment...

Jackson reviews water system staff to comply with EPA order

Jul. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi’s capital city said Thursday that they’re confident they can meet the first deadlines in an agreement with the federal government on steps to improve the quality of Jackson’s drinking water. The initial tasks include...

New Mexico seeks restoration ideas after 2015 mine spill

Jul. 22, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are looking for ideas for restoration projects to repair damage caused by a 2015 spill that fouled rivers in three western states with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. The state Office of the...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 21, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. July 15, 2021. Editorial: Fracking’s use of EPA-approved toxic chemicals shows again that regulators prioritize industry over health For years, evidence has mounted that fracking is at least associated with adverse health...