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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 …

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 …

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 …