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Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

Residents of Rugby, North Dakota are weary of a proposed plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in a nearby 3-mile-deep borehole. (Image: Green MPs via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ordered the agency to produce the documents within a week so Winmill can determine whether to ...

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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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UK coast guards warn sightseers away from oil rig on beach

Transocean oil rig

LONDON (AP) — Police are warning people to stay away from an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach in a storm. The Transocean Winner drilling rig was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland’s west coast on Monday. Environmental groups have expressed concern, but ...

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Man waiting for late father’s Wah Chang compensation

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his ...

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Louisiana politicians go to court blaming Big Oil for coastal ruin

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ALLIANCE, La. (AP) — The oil industry has left a big footprint on Louisiana, but its legacy is being questioned like never before with Democrat John Bel Edwards in the governor’s mansion. Turning state politics upside-down, leaders of both parties are taking Big Oil to court, seeking billions in damages for making the coast sink into the sea. Industry lawyers ...

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Feds, Pennsylvania settle Consol Energy water pollution suit

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Consol Energy has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a claim that its Bailey coal mining complex in southwestern Pennsylvania repeatedly polluted nearby streams beyond what’s permitted under federal and state law. The Justice Department filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. As part of ...

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Saltwater spill reported at well site near White Earth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say almost 20,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has been contained and recovered at a saltwater disposal well in Mountrail County. Regulators with the state Oil and Gas Division say Houston-based Oasis Petroleum North America reported the 470-barrel spill on Wednesday at the well near White Earth. A barrel is 42 gallons. Officials say ...

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Lower coal dust limit takes effect Monday in black lung push

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal mines nationwide are facing a more stringent limit on dust samples in an effort to reduce miners’ exposure to particles that can cause deadly black lung disease. On Monday, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is dropping the allowable respirable dust level from 2 milligrams per cubic meter to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter ...

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DOE estimates lower cost for Los Alamos cleanup

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has estimated the cost of cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about $1 billion less than estimates provided by New Mexico officials earlier this year. The Department of Energy says it will cost about $2.9 billion through 2035 to clean up decades of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from nuclear ...

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To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

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LONDON (AP) — If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour. Scientists analyzing data from more than 1 million people found that it takes about 60 to 75 minutes of “moderate intensity” exercise to undo the damage of sitting ...

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