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New Mexico Regulators Approve Reopening of Troubled Nuclear Dump

New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely. Two letters …

U.S. Regulators Order Action to be Taken for North Dakota Oil Spill

U.S. pipeline regulators on Wednesday ordered Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. to improve leak detection, along with other actions, after a Dec. 5 incident that spilled about 4,200 barrels of oil in North Dakota. Of that total, an estimated 3,100 barrels …

Wyoming Refiner Pays $655K for Asbestos Cleanup

Sinclair Casper Refining Co. has paid $655,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning up asbestos at an oil refinery in the town of Thermopolis, Wyo. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the agency determined there was significant contamination at the site …

Study: Injection Wells, Agriculture Harming Bays in Maui

A team of University of Hawaii scientists has completed a study of nearshore ecosystems across Maui that shows the impact of discharged treated wastewater. The findings were published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE earlier this month. The scientists analyzed …

Mining Company Settles with Feds for $143M Cleanup

The federal government and state officials have reached a settlement with Chevron Mining Inc. that calls for $143 million in cleanup work at a Superfund site in northern New Mexico. The company will conduct a pilot project on 275 acres where …

Peabody Reaches Coal Mine Cleanup Deal with 3 U.S. States

Peabody Energy Corp., the largest U.S. coal producer, reached a deal to cover mine clean-up liabilities while in bankruptcy with three U.S. states, court documents showed on Tuesday. Peabody has benefited from a federal program known as self-bonding that allows …

EPA, Forest Service Seek Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Asbestos Site

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with asbestos, …

Methane in Northern Colorado Water Not Always from Oil Wells: Study

The oil and gas industry may not be to blame if northeastern Colorado tap water is so full of methane it can be set on fire, researchers say. Fewer than 5 percent of the region’s water wells that were checked …

52 Workers at Washington Nuke Facility Checked for Vapor Exposure

Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have received medical evaluations for possible vapor exposure at the former nuclear weapons production site. The Tri-City Herald reported that the workers said they had symptoms after smelling suspicious odors near the …

Colorado Scientists Detail Results of Fracking Air Pollution Study

A study of air pollution from western Colorado fracking wells found the highest rate of emissions came just after fracking was completed. The research released this week didn’t measure the effects on human health, but it will help state officials devise …