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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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Fallin: Disposal wells causing quakes

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin publicly acknowledged the link between the state’s earthquake clusters and wastewater injection wells for the first time last week. “We all know now there is a direct correlation between the increase in earthquakes we have seen in Oklahoma and the disposal wells, based upon many different factors, whether it is volume or location or whether it ...

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Editorial: More climate game changers needed

SINGAPORE — While it also raises assorted concerns, there is no doubt United States President Barack Obama’s clean-power plan represents a historic moment in the fight against baneful carbon emissions. Hailed as the most determined action on climate change ever taken by a US president, it couldn’t have come at a better time — ahead of the World Climate Summit ...

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Recurring hijacking incidents prompts M’sia to review anti-piracy laws

PUTRAJAYA — Pirates hijacked yet another oil tanker and siphoned off its cargo of 3,500 metric tonnes of fuel oil, ironically while the Royal Malaysian Navy was conducting an exercise to counter acts of piracy in Malaysian waters. Singapore-registered MT Joaquim went missing on Saturday night after being hijacked by pirates near Port Dickson, 380km away from Tanjung Ayam, Johor, ...

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Concealed carry gun permits up sharply in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — A record number of North Dakota residents can carry a hidden firearm nearly anywhere they want to go, leading to a pistol-packing population that has more than doubled in less than four years. That’s due, in part, “to major crimes getting headlines,” threats of federal anti-gun laws and a dramatic rise in concealed-carry instructors pitching firearms for ...

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No excessive benzene found in water supply, report says

VENTURA, Calif. – A management review has found no evidence showing that the carcinogen benzene is present in county drinking water at levels exceeding federal standards. The report comes five months after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors ordered a study of benzene in wastewater generated by oil drilling. The board’s directive was spurred by a story in the Los ...

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Less than 5 percent of state in drought

After experiencing several years of consecutive drought, climatologists were surprised by just how quickly the state improved its dry conditions. About 57 percent of the state — including Lubbock and the South Plains — was in a drought this time last year, said Brian Fuchs, climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center. Now, only 4.61 percent of the state is ...

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