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South Carolina governor considering plastic recycling bill

Jan. 23, 2022 09:55 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is considering whether to sign into law a bill that would make it easier for businesses that recycle plastic by melting it to open in the state. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday after a group...

US, Colorado reach proposed settlement in 2015 mine spill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who’s responsible for continuing cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste that fouled rivers with a sickly yellow...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

Concerns persist about pace of cleanup at US nuclear lab

Jan. 07, 2022 19:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one of the nation’s top nuclear weapons laboratories are reiterating their promise to focus on cleaning up Cold War-era contamination left behind by decades of research and bomb-making. But New Mexico environment officials and watchdog...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jan. 03, 2022 09:02 AM EST

Traverse City Record-Eagle. Dec. 31, 2021. Editorial: $1B for Great Lakes Restoration calls for smarter spending On the behalf of our HOMES lakes — Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior — the hard work of political wrangling is done. The $1.2...

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 releases $1B to clean up toxic waste sites in 24 states

Dec. 17, 2021 18:42 PM EST

Nearly 50 toxic waste sites around the U.S. will be cleaned up, and ongoing work at dozens of others will get a funding boost, as federal environmental officials announced Friday a $1 billion infusion to the Superfund program. The money comes from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill...

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...

400 gallons of oil spilled into Menomonee River in Milwaukee

Dec. 10, 2021 11:57 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Crews with Wisconsin manufacturing company Komatsu are working to clean up an oil spill on the Menomonee River in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that Komatsu, a company based in Japan, spilled 400 gallons of oil into a...

Mushrooms being tested for cleaning up contaminated soil

Dec. 06, 2021 01:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In the garage of a vacant farmhouse at the Marathon County landfill, mushrooms are growing in contaminated soil. The soil was the site of an oil spill in the Fox Valley. Plants won’t grow on it. It’s not safe to leave it. In fact, there’s not...