Water quality

In this July 17, 2017 photo, New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore with the U.S. Forest Service look at survey maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M., as they discuss tailing piles and contaminated groundwater at the site. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
December 26, 2017 - 3:46 pm
CUBA, N.M. (AP) — For decades, yellow- and white-tinged piles of waste from a defunct copper mine have covered the mountainside at the edge of the quintessential New Mexico village of Cuba — out of sight, out of mind and not nasty enough to warrant the attention of the federal government's...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael...
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FILE - This Feb. 13, 2017, aerial file photo shows a site where the final phase of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Missouri River took place with boring equipment routing the pipeline underground and across Lake Oahe to connect with the existing pipeline in Emmons County in Cannon Ball, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, ordered the Army Corps of Engineers and pipeline developer Energy TransFer Partners to complete an oil spill response plan for a section of the pipeline beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
December 04, 2017 - 3:34 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers and the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must complete an oil spill response plan for the stretch of pipe beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's order grants a request by...
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In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis issued statements Nov. 15, saying they will vote against Michael Dourson to serve as head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 16, 2017 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina's two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Michael L. Dourson's nomination at serious risk. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements saying they...
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November 15, 2017 - 3:44 pm
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Environmentalists are questioning why the public wasn't notified about an October chemical spill into a Lake Michigan tributary that U.S. Steel asked Indiana regulators to keep confidential. Documents released by the University of Chicago's Abrams Environmental Law Clinic show...
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Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, front, arrives at the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Schwarzenegger is attending a COP23 Presidency event on health and climate called 'Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement'. (AP Photo/Dorothee Thiesing)
November 12, 2017 - 11:58 am
BONN, Germany (AP) — Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants environmental activists to give more attention to immediate health hazards like air and water pollution. Schwarzenegger spoke Sunday at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, where diplomats from around...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 photo, former coal miner Chuck Nelson looks out on the Brushy Fork impoundment in Raleigh County, in southern West Virginia, an estimated 2.8 billion gallon coal slurry containing sludge and chemicals from nearby surface mines. He says the slurries pollute the groundwater and contribute to high rates of cancer and other illnesses among the people living nearby. (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen)
November 11, 2017 - 9:50 am
GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Nelson spent his life in this corner of Appalachia, working for years in the coal mines — a good job in the economically depressed area. But he says the industry that helped him earn a living cost him his health, and his wife's, too. The 61-year-old Nelson blames his...
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This Nov. 1, 2017 drone photo shows the fishing boat Pacific Paradise, leaking oil and diesel fuel just offshore of hotels on Waikiki's pristine white sand beaches with Diamond Head in the background in Honolulu. The fishing boat transporting foreign workers destined for low-paying jobs in Hawaii's fishing fleet smashed into a shallow reef last month. The crash of the 79-foot (24-meter) boat illustrates a potential environmental impact of the Hawaii fishing fleet's practice of transporting foreign workers by boat. (Carroll Cox via AP)
November 10, 2017 - 2:58 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Just offshore from Waikiki's pristine white sand beaches, a fishing boat transporting foreign workers destined for low-paying jobs in Hawaii's fishing fleet smashed into a shallow reef last month. The stranded boat has been leaking oil and diesel ever since in an area prized by...
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FILE- This May 12, 2005, file photo, shows the port of Longview on the Columbia River at Longview, Wash. A judge says Washington state's Department of Natural Resources acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought by developers of a proposed coal-export terminal near Longview. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 27, 2017 - 7:32 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought for the project. The decision, by Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen...
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October 27, 2017 - 5:57 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday said the Flint City Council again has failed to come up with a long-term water source and may be pushing the troubled community toward bankruptcy. In a sweeping decision, U.S. District Judge David Lawson said the council's proposed two-year extension with the Great...
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