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New Mexico, Chevron Settle Case Over Cleanup Costs

New Mexico officials say Chevron Corp. will pay $5.2 million to settle claims that the energy company improperly applied for money from an environmental cleanup fund. The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance …

California City Sues Chevron Over Refinery Fire

Richmond is suing Chevron for damages from a massive fire that shut down the energy giant’s refinery at the San Francisco Bay area city last year. A lawsuit filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges the crude-oil pipeline leak …

Wyoming Governor Lambasts EPA Over Haze Plan

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming’s air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks …

Another Company Accused in Colorado Contamination

A third company has been accused of safety violations in connection with efforts to clean up a natural gas liquids spill involving a pipeline near Parachute, Colo. Documents obtained Tuesday by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel from the Occupational Safety …

EPA Report Critical Of Washington Oversight At Hanford

A new report condemns Washington state for lax oversight at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, saying state officials failed to adequately inspect the cleanup there. The draft report by the Environmental Protection Agency faults the Washington state Department of …

Tool Identifies California’s Most Polluted Cities

Seven of California’s 10 ZIP codes most burdened by pollution are in the San Joaquin Valley and three are in Los Angeles, according to a new tool developed by state environmental officials to target communities for cleanup. “People tend to …

EPA Blamed For Delays in Asbestos Study In Montana

Internal investigators are faulting the Environmental Protection Agency for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. The EPA’s Office of Inspector …

Hanford Nuclear Contractor Settles Lawsuit For $1.1M

A contractor at the Hanford nuclear plant in Washington has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department claiming the company used federal money to lobby for new government customers for a first responder …

Yellowstone Oil Spill-Violations $1.7M Penalty Proposed In Exxon Spill

Federal pipeline regulators have proposed $1.7 million in penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. for a pipeline rupture that spewed crude oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation said in a notice sent to the company Monday that …

New Mexico Reaches Settlement Over Massive Tire Dump

A massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico will be cleaned up as part of a settlement reached with a ranching operation. State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Environment Secretary Dave Martin announced the …