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EDITORIAL: Obama’s ‘clean power’: It costs too much


The Obama administration’s claim that the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” will “reduce energy bills for households and businesses” long has defied common sense. After all, it forces the replacement of coal-fired power plants with more expensive electricity sources. Now, a new study quantifies those cost differences, confirming the administration’s duplicity. Thomas Pyle is president of the Institute for Energy Research, ...

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EPA officials promise analysis of river contamination today

FARMINGTON — EPA officials offered little new information Tuesday afternoon on pollution levels in the Animas River after agency workers accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of mine wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river a week ago. Also on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a declaration late in the evening allowing the tribe to seek ...

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Unapproved coal ash dump will cost “green” company $230,000 in state fine

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sonoco, a global packaging corporation that emphasizes environmental stewardship, has been hit with a $230,000 fine for operating an unapproved coal ash dump near its headquarters in eastern South Carolina. The state fine is one of the heaviest issued by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control during the past decade, records show. And it is ...

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NMED test show little change in rivers’ pH levels after Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — A plume of toxic mine waste that passed through San Juan County this weekend caused little to no change in the Animas and San Juan rivers’ pH levels, according to results the New Mexico Environment Department’s Water Quality Bureau released today. Before the plume arrived in Farmington, the bureau collected baseline data from three locations — two on ...

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EPA officials visit mouth of Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo.

GOLD KING MINE, Colo. — Environmental Protection Agency officials met at the mouth of the Gold King Mine Monday afternoon to discuss last week’s breach, which discharged 3 million gallons of heavy-metal laden water into a tributary of the Animas River. EPA on-scene coordinator Hayes Griswold explained to San Juan County, Colo., officials that an EPA team working at the ...

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Wisconsin residents express concern over stalled trains

AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Neighbors living near railroad tracks in Wisconsin are becoming increasingly concerned about long train blockages since an increase in sand and oil shipments have caused them to grow into a frequent and dangerous disruption. The amount of industrial sand used in fracking that’s transported by train grew from about 10 million tons in 2005 to about 50 ...

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Timeline of 180k gallon brine spill questioned

Last week, large volumes of saltwater were spilled in the northwest corner of North Dakota due to a broken pipeline, reports the North Dakota Department of Health. The spill occurred about seven miles northwest of Crosby in Divide County, releasing over 4,000 barrels, or over roughly 179,000 gallons, of brine water. According to the Williston Herald, Oklahoma-based Samson Resources reported ...

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