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DEQ: Soil near homes contaminated by wood treatment company

Jan. 15, 2022 10:13 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The soil of at least six homes in west Eugene is contaminated with toxic chemicals that Oregon state regulators believe originated with the activities of an industrial neighbor. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said this week that the soil samples...

Citing environmental justice, Murphy halts power plant vote

Jan. 13, 2022 13:25 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy directed a sewage treatment facility to cancel a vote Thursday on a backup power plant after Newark residents complained that it would violate a law intended to keep minority communities from being overburdened with pollution. The...

Resiliency collides with environmental justice in power plan

Jan. 12, 2022 15:36 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two of New Jersey's big stated priorities — protecting the environment, and keeping minority communities from being overburdened with pollution — are about to collide in a decision over a backup power plant that would kick in when a sewage treatment system gets knocked...

DNR set to allow factory farm expansion in Kewaunee County

Jan. 11, 2022 10:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental regulators are set to allow a factory dairy farm accused of contaminating Kewaunee County drinking water to expand, angering conservationists. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the state Department of Natural Resources has drafted...

Illinois sues mine over use of toxic foam to control fire

Jan. 08, 2022 15:47 PM EST

MACEDONIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general is accusing a coal mine operator of polluting the area with toxic foam to try to stop an underground fire. “Exposure to such chemicals can cause long-lasting damage to the environment and poses a serious risk to public...

Iowa sues Sioux City over wastewater scheme, river pollution

Jan. 07, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa said Friday that it is suing Sioux City over what it says was the city’s manipulation of wastewater testing results and dangerous pollution of the Missouri River in a scheme that saw the wastewater plant’s former supervisor sentenced to jail. ...

Federal money to help clean up Callahan mine site in Maine

Dec. 31, 2021 12:30 PM EST

BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) — A contaminated mine is Brooksville is in line to receive federal funding to assist in the cleanup. The former Callahan Mining Corporation site is one of 49 Superfund sites across the country whose cleanup will be funded with $1 billion from the...

EPA to test, measure longtime Buffalo River cleanup efforts

Dec. 26, 2021 16:49 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lengthy effort to clean up the Buffalo River could pay off in the next few years. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has told a local U.S. representative that the winding waterway could lose its status as an...

Minnesota regulators reaffirm air permit for proposed mine

Dec. 20, 2021 20:44 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators who three years ago issued an air quality permit for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northwestern Minnesota stood by their decision in a report released Monday that said the mine did not provide misleading information on its plans. The...

EPA: Clean up air pollution from New Orleans-area plant

Dec. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EST

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Federal regulators have announced plans to make Louisiana and a suburban New Orleans fuel plant clean up emissions that have violated air quality standards since at least 2013. The Environmental Protection Agency says a plant owned by Rain CII Carbon LLC of...