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Environmental group appealing FirstEnergy coal ash permit

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SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) — An environmental group is appealing a state permit that would let FirstEnergy Corp. ship coal ash from a Shippingport power plant to a dump near a former power plant in Greene County. The Beaver County Times says EarthJustice is representing the Sierra Club in the appeal. The groups say the coal dust includes arsenic and other ...

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Navajos to sue EPA over cleanup


The president of the Navajo Nation said Sunday that he intends to sue for “every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess” after Environmental Protection Agency employees accidentally released at least 3 million gallons of wastewater, including potentially harmful metals, into a river that breached the sovereign nation’s borders this weekend. The orange plume of wastewater, which slowly crawled down ...

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Gas field drillers, activists seek statewide rules for wells

There are more regulations for cutting hair than for drilling water wells in Pennsylvania. To cut hair, you must hold a cosmetologist degree, pass an exam and get a license that outlines how you can practice. To drill a well and install a water pump, you need only register drilling equipment with the state. The absence of statewide rules governing ...

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High rates of heavy metals in Texas groundwater near natural gas sites

Researchers at the University of Texas are claiming to have found an unfortunate consequence of the gas fields in Texas. Nearly 30 percent of water wells out of 100 that reside above natural gas reserves contain unusually high levels of heavy metals, most notably, arsenic. ThinkProgress reports that 29 groundwater sites within 1.8 miles of active natural gas drilling had ...

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

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By Pete Yost, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants. The new regulations were ...

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