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'Unacceptable': EPA head says of West Virginia water issues

Dec. 06, 2022 22:50 PM EST

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Sonny Barton had a lot to say about living without clean drinking water when the nation’s top environmental regulator came to his small West Virginia community Tuesday. The creek where he collects water for bathing, cooking and flushing toilets is littered...

Unmarked graves, an 'ugly history': W.Va. weighs mine safety

Dec. 05, 2022 14:53 PM EST

HAVACO, W.Va. (AP) — Mayapple plants sprout in the sunken soil where the bodies lie, their leaves sheltering the unmarked graves like tiny umbrellas. The forgotten burial ground is overrun by four-wheel tire tracks near a path strewn with discarded bottles and other trash. More...

Unmarked graves, an 'ugly history': W.Va. weighs mine safety

Dec. 05, 2022 14:51 PM EST

HAVACO, W.Va. (AP) — Mayapple plants sprout in the sunken soil where the bodies lie, their leaves sheltering the unmarked graves like tiny umbrellas. The forgotten burial ground is overrun by four-wheel tire tracks near a path strewn with discarded bottles and other trash. More...

Nevada approves $105M in tax incentives for battery plant

Dec. 02, 2022 18:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A massive lithium battery recycling plant has been awarded more than $105 million in tax incentives for expanding operations in northern Nevada. The state Office of Economic Development approved incentives for Carson City-based Redwood Materials this week. It...

EPA proposes restrictions to block proposed Alaska mine

Dec. 01, 2022 20:40 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. A statement from the regional EPA office...

W.Va. GOP increases majority as Dem lawmaker flips parties

Dec. 01, 2022 13:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of a shrinking number of Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature announced Thursday that he is changing his party affiliation to Republican. Sen. Glenn Jeffries of Putnam County said he is leaving the Democratic party, increasing Republicans' control...

Explosion in northwest Pakistan coal mine kills 9, injures 4

Nov. 30, 2022 13:17 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing nine miners and injuring four others, a government official said. The explosion happened in a remote area in Orakzai, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit

Nov. 29, 2022 16:56 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on an attempt by environmental groups to cancel a key permit for a long-stalled copper-nickel mine. Opponents of PolyMet Mining Corp.′s project say state regulators should have included...

US nuclear waste repository begins filling new disposal area

Nov. 26, 2022 12:42 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository have started using a newly mined disposal area at the underground facility in southern New Mexico. Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant made the announcement this week, saying the...

Titanium plant furnace blast causes roof damage, no injuries

Nov. 24, 2022 17:47 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A furnace explosion damaged the roof of a titanium plant in southeastern Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Day, but no one was injured, authorities said. Officer Kyle Tranovich of the Caernarvon Township police department said a skeleton crew of only six people...