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‘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 …

Arkansas City Collapse Cleanup Agreement Reached

Morrilton, Ark., has reached an agreement with a clean-up company to remove debris from downtown buildings that collapsed in May, killing a 2-year-old girl. Little Rock television station KTHV reports that the Morrilton City Council agreed Monday to a bid …

ConocoPhillips Says 99 Percent of China Spill Cleared

Under fire for oil spills off China’s eastern coast, ConocoPhillips says it has finished collecting virtually all oil and drilling mud released into Bohai Bay, meeting a deadline to finish its cleanup by Wednesday. China’s State Oceanic Administration, however, criticized …

Study of New York Lake Turns up Boat, Jet Wrecks

A research project linked to the cleanup of a heavily polluted upstate New York lake is turning up some interesting discoveries. An archaeological study of the bottom of Onondaga Lake has revealed numerous boat wrecks and shoreline infrastructure dating back …

U.S. Court Rejects GE Challenge to EPA Cleanup Orders

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected General Electric Co.’s legal challenge to part of a federal law that gives the Environmental Protection Agency the power to order companies to clean up hazardous waste. The justices let stand a U.S. appeals …