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California declares massive natural gas leak sealed

California declares massive natural gas leak sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane for nearly four months and drove thousands of Los Angeles families from their homes has been permanently sealed, state officials declared Thursday. The announcement certifying that the ruptured well had been plugged with cement brought a point of closure in the long-running ...

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Clean Water Act trial beginning for ex-BP rig supervisor

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP rig supervisor was scheduled for trial Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge connected to pollution from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza once faced much more serious charges: manslaughter counts connected to the deaths of 11 workers who died when the rig exploded. But ...

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Western New York town contemplates finances post power plant

TONAWANDA, N.Y. — A western New York town is re-thinking its financial picture with the impending closure of a coal-fired power plant. The Huntley Generating Station in Tonawanda is slated for closure next month. Now the town is in line for $160,000 in federal funding to develop a long-term economic plan in response to the loss in tax revenue. Sen. ...

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Feds seek borehole test for potential hot nuclear waste burial

LUBBOCK, Texas — The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010. The five-year borehole project was tentatively slated to start later this year on state-owned land in rural North Dakota, ...

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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

NEW YORK — A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the ...

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Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a shut-in and stopped walking her ...

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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in New York. (Image: Tony via Flickr)

NEW YORK  — Watchdogs say a leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water. Officials ...

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Tests find high levels of lead in tap water at Ohio village

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples. The EPA says that 618 homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County have submitted tap water samples so ...

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NC regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina environmental regulators say they’re fining the country’s largest electric company nearly $7 million for pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014. The Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday that Duke Energy’s $6.6 million fine is for violations surrounding the February 2014 coal ash spill at the company’s Dan River power ...

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Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country’s largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in ...

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