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EPA seeks comments on cleanup of Indianapolis Superfund site

May. 30, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government is seeking the public's input on its plan to clean up groundwater contamination at a Superfund site in Indianapolis that's tainted with chemicals used by a dry cleaning company. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would accept...

Agency says cleanup complete in Montana Superfund site unit

May. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The Flathead...

Floodwater reaches the bottom of a stop sign, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

May. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the...

Montana officials vote to pursue Superfund cleanup agreement

May. 21, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — County commissioners in Montana endorsed a plan for future mine pollution cleanup efforts and responsibilities at a Superfund site. The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners voted Wednesday to authorize Chief Executive Dave Palmer to forward a signed agreement to the U.S. Department...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom's proposed budget cuts include canceling billions of dollars in climate change spending, a blow to environmental advocates who look to the state as a stopgap for the Trump administration's weakening of federal protections. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California's budget cuts threaten environmental spending

May. 15, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts include canceling billions of dollars in climate change spending, a blow to environmental advocates who look to the state as a stopgap for the Trump administration's weakening of federal protections. In January, Newsom proposed a...

Atlanta gets 800K from EPA to clean, assess polluted areas

May. 13, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the city of Atlanta two grants totaling $800,000 to clean up or assess contaminated areas, officials announced Tuesday. The projects were selected through the agency’s Brownfields program, which allocates funds for communities to...

EPA grants $1.7M for 5 brownfield sites in Kentucky

May. 12, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $1.7 million for five brownfield projects in Kentucky. The federal grants help communities plan the cleanup and redevelopment of properties that are contaminated or suspected of being contaminated. The sites are typically old...

Nuclear plant on track to complete decommissioning project

May. 11, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is on track to complete its decommissioning project with the available funding. Vermont Yankee closed in 2014 after operating for 42 years and is being decommissioned by a New York-based demolition company, NorthStar. NorthStar is working with state...

2 Vermont areas to get $800k in brownfields grants

May. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two contaminated Vermont properties are going to be cleaned up with help of $800,000 in brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A $500,000 award will go to the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, Bethel to help clean up the Valley Motor Sales...