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Permit for water treatment system issued for Chemours site

Sep. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for a water treatment system at the Chemours Fayetteville Works site to remove so-called forever chemicals from a contaminated stream. The department said in a press release on Friday that the stream flows...

RI finds toxins in soil at highway construction site

Sep. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have found toxins in soil brought in by a contractor building highway interchange in Providence and have ordered its removal. Samples taken from the soil at the construction site at the interchange between Routes 6 and 10 contained elevated levels of...

Washington state county states goal to remove polluting dam

Sep. 15, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state county announced its goal to remove the Electron Dam on the Puyallup River located roughly 42 miles (68 kilometers) southeast of Seattle following the pollution of the river by the dam's owners. Electron Hydro, the dam's owners, polluted over 40 miles (64 kilometers) of...

EPA removes Montgomery site from Superfund list

Sep. 10, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After years of work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not put a polluted area in downtown Montgomery on its list of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the country, a state agency announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced...

New Mexico frustrated with slow cleanup of radioactive waste

Sep. 9, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s growing frustration among New Mexico lawmakers and environmental regulators about the U.S. government’s slow pace in cleaning up contamination from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The officials shared their...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks about the rollback of the 2016 methane emissions rules to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Wheeler says a second Trump administration term would bring more focus on pollution cleanups and less on climate change. Wheeler defended the administration's environmental record Sept. 3, 2020, in a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the EPA's founding. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

EPA chief pledges more cleanups, less focus on climate

Sep. 3, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Thursday defended the Trump administration's record on protecting the nation's air and water and said a second term would bring a greater focus on pollution cleanups in disadvantaged communities and less emphasis on climate change. In a speech commemorating...

EPA creates new Colorado office for hardrock mine cleanup

Sep. 3, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is dedicating a new office in Colorado to coordinate all federal hardrock mine cleanup efforts west of the Mississippi River. The Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains will steer and streamline projects to remediate acidic...

Soil dug out to remove Yellowstone gasoline contamination

Sep. 2, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials expect to reopen a road closed by a gasoline spill sometime within the next week. The 6-mile (10-kilometer) stretch of two-lane road from Fishing Bridge Junction to Mud Volcano has been closed since a tanker truck rolled on its side...

Lead-contaminated Kansas town prioritized for cleanup

Sep. 2, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials have added a lead-contaminated southeast Kansas community to a list of hazardous waste sites eligible for cleanup through the federal Superfund program. Besides the newly added site in the town of Caney, the Environmental Protection Agency also has proposed adding...

Public to comment on Yakima Training Center cleanup plans

Aug. 17, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Environmental officials in Washington state have asked for public comment on plans to clean up more than a dozen polluted sites at the U.S. Army's training center in Yakima. The state Department of Ecology said the plans address 21 different areas on the base that do not meet federal...