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Pipeline Break Spews 41,000 Gallons of Oilfield Wastewater

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 41,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has spilled from a broken pipeline in western North Dakota, impacting an unknown amount of land, state regulators said Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Environmental quality said Kansas-based Tallgrass …

Train Derailment Prompts Evacuation of Iowa Town; 2nd Crash in Minn. Under Investigation

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Thick black smoke billowed into the air Sunday after a train derailed in northwest Iowa, prompting authorities to evacuate part of a small, nearby town. It was the second derailment involving a Union Pacific train last …

Australian East Coast Rain to Ease but Flooding Continues

SYDNEY (AP) — Heavy rainfall was forecast to ease across Australia’s east coast but floodwaters will linger for days across New South Wales state where 15,000 people were nervously waiting on Tuesday for potential orders to evacuate. Some 18,000 residents …

150 Years of Spills: Philadelphia Refinery Cleanup Highlights Toxic Legacy of Fossil Fuels

PHILADELPHIA — Wearing blue hard hats, white hazmat suits and respirator masks, workers carted away bags of debris on a recent morning from a sprawling and now-defunct oil refinery once operated by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). Other laborers ripped asbestos …

‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Looks At Emotional Toll of Deadly Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Almost two years since a wildfire swept through his mountain town and virtually wiped it out, Steve “Woody” Culleton got to put the final touches on his new home. Two redwood trees were planted in the ground, …

Duke Energy Agrees to Remove Coal Ash in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state of North Carolina says it has secured an agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons (72.5 million metric tons) of coal ash at six facilities. The Department of Environmental Quality said in …

Homeless Campers not Told of Toxic Chemicals Found at Site

SEATTLE — This past summer, city of Seattle officials sent a warning to about 60 of its employees: They may have been exposed to toxic chemical compounds during a January cleanup of a Sodo homeless encampment. One police officer who …

New York Gets $27M to Hire Sandy Cleanup Workers

More than 5,000 New Yorkers will be hired for temporary government jobs cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy, officials said Sunday. About $27 million in federal Labor Department money will finance the cleanup and rebuilding positions in New York City and …

Coast Guard OKs Winding Down BP Spill Cleanup

BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that washes up on the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company’s well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, …

Initial Cleanup of Vermont Office Complex Completed

The initial cleanup and stabilization of Vermont’s state office complex in Waterbury that was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene will cost $20 million to $25 million, officials said Monday. They expect insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover …