Pollution clean-up

April 19, 2019 - 7:50 am
RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've reached a proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant near the Cape Fear River. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Thursday that the settlement was...
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Larry Poell, who lives on top of a Superfund site in Mead, Neb., adjusts Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the overalls of his granddaughter, while visiting a flood relief shelter in Ashland. Poell said federal officials have always maintained that the contaminated plumes are stable, but he wonders if the floodwater caused them to shift. "I'm concerned about it, I think everybody's concerned about it," he said. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
March 28, 2019 - 11:48 am
MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, federal regulators said Wednesday. The Environmental Protection...
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Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., speaks during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on PFAS chemicals and their risks on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
March 06, 2019 - 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleaning up and protecting U.S. drinking water from a class of toxic chemicals used in many household items could cost in the tens of billions of dollars nationally, including $2 billion for the Department of Defense alone, witnesses testified Wednesday before a House panel urging...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, a sign marks a trailhead at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Broomfield, Colo., outside Denver. Activists are asking a judge to unseal documents from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant outside Denver. The groups said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 the documents could show whether the federal government did enough to clean up the site before turning part of it into a wildlife refuge and opening it to the public. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)
January 10, 2019 - 5:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents could show whether the federal government did enough...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2009, file photo, ice fog envelops downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Three Alaska groups on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, sued the Environmental Protection Agency for a fourth time, claiming the agency has not enforced federal clean air law around Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP, File)
December 14, 2018 - 6:45 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city. The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of...
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June 08, 2018 - 4:25 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials say treatment is underway to clean up contaminants in the groundwater and soil at a North Carolina Superfund site. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Friday a 1.2-acre area beneath the former CTS Corp. factory in Asheville is being...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, a man walks past a notice for the Martin Aaron Inc. Superfund site in Camden, N.J. A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation’s most polluted places until recently worked for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 02, 2018 - 6:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. Cook has...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, a man walks past a notice for the Martin Aaron Inc. Superfund site in Camden, N.J. A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation’s most polluted places until recently worked for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 01, 2018 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. Cook has...
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This March 20, 2018 photo taken in Channelview, Texas shows the San Jacinto Waste Pits. The pits became a federal Superfund site in 2008 and are now slated for clean-up. An agreement announced last month has cleared the way for the waste pits to be cleaned up, but dioxin damage already has spread far beyond them, the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press found. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
May 03, 2018 - 7:09 am
HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — An agreement has finally cleared the way for cleanup at a Superfund site in Texas known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits. But an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press has found that dioxin damage has already spread far beyond the site. The news...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, the snowcapped Cabinet Mountains tower over the lush Kootenai River Valley outside of Libby, Mont. An Idaho mining company is asking a Montana judge to strike down its designation as a "bad actor" over past pollution, saying the label could stall two mines proposed beneath a wilderness area. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
April 12, 2018 - 7:52 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Idaho mining company went to court Thursday seeking to overturn its designation by Montana officials as an industry "bad actor" because of pollution tied to its CEO. Hecla Mining Co. asked a judge to block the Montana Department of Environmental Quality from suspending...
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