Environmental group finds coal ash contamination in Chester

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — About a week before officials vote on a permit governing the drainage of coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station, an environmental group says local water samples contain elevated levels of lead and arsenic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) reports the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center … Continue reading

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School officials, EPA trade blame on school mercury response

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials insist they followed federal guidance when they quarantined more than a thousand middle school students overnight over the discovery of several drops of mercury, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that no such standards exist. EPA workers help during spills of the neurotoxin, a fairly frequent … Continue reading

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination
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Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office … Continue reading