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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 …

3 Former Execs Plead Guilty In California Asbestos Case

Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Calif. was cleaned up. The Merced Sun-Star reported Rudy Buendia, Patrick Bowman and Joseph Cuellar each pleaded …

Washington Nuke Plant Contractor To Pay More Than $18.5 Million

One of the contractors charged with cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site has agreed to pay an $18.5 million civil and criminal penalty related to a time card fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby of the Eastern Washington …

Six Leaking Tanks Are Washington Nuclear Site’s Latest Woe

Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country’s most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks. The leaking materials …

Scientists Back EPA on Montana Asbestos Risks

Federal officials anticipate finishing by late 2014 a risk study to guide the cleanup of an asbestos-contaminated Montana mining town, after a panel of scientists backed draft results that say even a minuscule amount of the substance can lead to …

Beazley Launches Environmental Cleanup Costs Insurance

Beazley plc has expanded its environmental products offering with the launch of an environmental cleanup costs insurance policy that provides coverage for cost overruns for remediation of known conditions at covered locations. The product, written on a non-admitted basis through …