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  • EPA says baseball fields near landfill are safe

    By JIM SALTER - Associated Press

    Baseball fields that sit near a St. Louis County landfill that is contaminated with Cold War-era nuclear waste are safe for public use, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Published July 31, 2014

  • US seeks dismissal of Fort Detrick pollution suit

    By DAVID DISHNEAU - Associated Press

    The federal government asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a developer's lawsuit alleging that groundwater pollution from Fort Detrick in Frederick reduced the value of private land next door. Published July 31, 2014

  • Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

    By SCOTT SONNER and DEE-ANN DURBIN - Associated Press

    Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday that it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other sites. Published July 31, 2014

  • Deal still not reached on NC coal ash bill

    By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS - Associated Press

    North Carolina lawmakers said Thursday they still haven't reached agreement on legislation requiring Duke Energy to limit pollution leaking from its coal ash dumps across the state, nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with gray sludge. Published July 31, 2014

  • APNewsBreak: State seeks $35,000 Vermont Gas fine

    By DAVE GRAM - Associated Press

    State regulators on Thursday asked for a $35,000 fine against Vermont Gas Systems for being slow to file a new and higher cost estimate for phase one of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont. Published July 31, 2014

  • 1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

    By JONATHAN MATTISE - Associated Press

    One of the nation's largest coal producers said Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation. Published July 31, 2014

  • Warren town beach reopened to swimming

    By Associated Press

    State health officials have recommended the reopening to swimmers of the town beach in Warren. Published July 31, 2014

  • Oil, saltwater leak from tank in northwestern ND

    By Associated Press

    The North Dakota Health Department says a storage tank in Bottineau County leaked five barrels of oil and 260 barrels of saltwater into a ditch and a farm field. Published July 31, 2014

  • 3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

    By Associated Press

    The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast. Published July 31, 2014

  • Maine ocean acidification panel first meets today

    By Associated Press

    The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee is ready to hold its first meeting. Published July 31, 2014

  • LeClaire neighbors surprised by pelican shooting

    By Associated Press

    Some LeClaire residents are expressing surprise at a police sergeant's decision to shoot and kill a pelican they had named Wilbur. Published July 31, 2014

  • Correction: California Drought-Water Fines-Glance

    By The Associated Press - Associated Press

    In a story July 16 about the results of a California water use survey, The Associated Press, relying on data reported by agencies to the State Water Resources Control Board, erroneously reported the increase in water usage by the city of Santa Ana. Updated figures provided by the city show consumption increasing by 10 percent over the three previous years, not 64 percent. Published July 31, 2014

  • Testimony, advocates clash at EPA coal hearings

    By JOE MANDAK - Associated Press

    Union miners and others opposed to stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency clashed inside and outside the city's federal building on the first of two days of public hearings on the new regulations. Published July 31, 2014

  • Correction: Grand River Burn story

    By Associated Press

    In a story July 27 about plans to conduct controlled fires on two islands in the Grand River, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a Department of Natural Resources biologist. He is Nik Kalejs, not Nick Kalejs. Published July 30, 2014

  • EPA reaches San Francisco Bay pollution settlement

    By Associated Press

    A San Francisco Bay Area water agency and six cities it serves have agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines to settle allegations that they allowed raw or partially treated sewage to flow into the bay. Published July 28, 2014

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