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Oregon Easing Some Asbestos Rules to Speed Wildfire Cleanup

Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Friday also authorized the temporary stockpiling of asbestos-containing …

Colorado Paying $7M for Cleanup of Former Alaska Mine

A Colorado company agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales …

Supreme Court Sides with BP Unit to Curtail Montana Superfund Cleanup Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court handed BP Plc unit Atlantic Richfield Co. a victory on Monday, making it harder for Montana landowners to seek a more extensive cleanup of a hazardous waste site than the federal government had ordered. In a …

Part of Asbestos Cleanup Site in Montana Removed from Superfund List

U.S. officials have removed part of a Montana asbestos cleanup site from its Superfund list in the latest sign that the 17-year cleanup is ending, though the asbestos-related health problems for thousands of people remain. The 45-acre area is five …

Company Says Risk for Environmental Disaster From Pile in Louisiana Falling

Officials with a company that owns an unstable phosphogypsum pile and a lake of acidic water atop it say they’re encouraged by recent efforts to halt a potential environmental disaster in a Louisiana parish. Unexpected movement along the northern face …

Cleanup Underway After Massive Oklahoma Oil Spill

Crews are working to contain thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked into a creek in northern Oklahoma. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the oil extends for about 5 miles in Black Bear Creek in rural Garfield …

Oklahoma Property Among Most Contaminated in Nation, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a property in central Oklahoma to the Superfund program’s list of most contaminated sites. The EPA announced Monday its intent to add Eagle Industries in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest …

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 …