COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A water utility company and the owner of a farm in Colorado Springs are suing the federal government for at least $18 million, claiming the Air Force broke military...
Company ordered to help pay fine for illegal waste disposal
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri company involved in the illegal storage of hazardous waste from Mississippi has been ordered to help pay $1.5 million toward cleanup costs.
Lab owner told to pay $544,000 for environmental violation
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a defunct laboratory in Lenexa has been ordered to pay $544,287 for storing hazardous waste without a license.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Tuesday that 63-year-old Ahmed El-Sherif was found guilty of storing the waste at Beta Chem Laboratory.
AG: Navy dumps hazardous material into Puget Sound
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the U.S. Navy dumped hazardous waste including copper and zinc, into Puget Sound and must be stopped from doing it again.
Milwaukee hospital to pay $360K for improper waste disposal
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general says a Milwaukee hospital will pay $360,000 to settle a lawsuit for improperly disposing of pharmaceutical hazardous waste from 2013 to 2016.
Attorney General Josh Kaul on Tuesday announced the settlement approved by a Milwaukee County judge.
Diving business owner says he will appeal $197,000 fine
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — A Washington diving business owner says he plans to appeal a nearly $200,000 fine levied against him by the state Department of Ecology for dumping hazardous waste.
The Olympian reports Seasoft Scuba founder and owner Bruce Justinen says he takes issue with what he calls the "half-truths and untruths" in the Ecology news release about the $197,000 fine.
Scuba gear company fined $197K over dumped lead, arsenic
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined a scuba gear company $197,000 for illegally dumping hazardous waste containing lead and arsenic down the toilet, into a storm drain and onto the ground.
Ecology officials announced the fine Tuesday against Seasoft Scuba Gear Inc. in Lacey.
Target to pay $7.4M to settle California waste suit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Target store chain has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle California allegations that it improperly dumped hazardous waste into landfills, ranging from batteries to drugs and syringes.
Minnesota-based Target didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing in the lawsuit settlement filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court.
Environment department accuses Los Alamos lab of violations
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State environment officials have accused Los Alamos National Laboratory of violating its hazardous waste permit and state regulations.
The allegations came in a letter the New Mexico Environment Department sent to lab officials in early November, days after a new contractor began operating the lab.
Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Air monitoring systems were set up Tuesday to check for low-level nuclear radiation and other harmful contaminants following a powerful weekend blast at a hazardous waste site in Idaho that killed a worker, destroyed a building and damaged other structures, an official said.
Results were not yet available from the monitors installed at the US Ecology site about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Boise, said Albert Crawshaw of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Federal investigators looking into explosion that killed 1
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal investigators have started looking into a weekend explosion at a hazardous waste site south of Boise, Idaho, that killed one worker and injured three others.
The explosion occurred Saturday morning at a US Ecology site about 50 miles south of Boise, and heavily damaged a building.
Explosion at Idaho hazardous waste site kills 1, injures 3
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho killed one worker, injured three others and heavily damaged a building, officials said.
US Ecology, which runs the site, said Monte "Alex" Green of Grand View, Idaho, died of his injuries from the explosion at 9:23 a.m. inside one of the buildings at the facility.
Green was working as an equipment operator moving materials at the time of the accident, the company said.
The Latest: Employee at waste site killed in explosion
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at an Idaho waste site (all times local):
Officials say an employee at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho was killed after an explosion Saturday that also injured three workers and heavily damaged a building.
US Ecology, which runs the site, says Monte "Alex" Green of Grand View, Idaho, died of his injuries from the explosion at 9:23 a.m. inside one of the buildings at the facility.
Texas man sentenced for dumping hazardous waste in Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Texas man was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for improperly disposing of hazardous electronic waste at a Central Kentucky recycling business.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 63-year-old Kenneth Gravitt, of Austin, Texas, formerly operated Global Environmental Services, with facilities in Georgetown, Winchester and Cynthiana.
Colorado chemical weapons destruction plant gearing back up
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado plant destroying obsolete U.S. Army chemical weapons has taken a step toward resuming full operations.
Officials said Monday the Pueblo Chemical Depot restarted one of the final steps in the process, using bacteria to treat liquid hazardous waste.
The plant is destroying 780,000 shells containing 2,500 U.S. tons (2,270 metric tons) of mustard agent under an international treaty.
Auto shop owner gets probation for dumping oil waste
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts auto shop owner charged with dumping hundreds of gallons of used motor oil into the Merrimack River has pleaded guilty.
Head of airport service sentenced for improper waste storage
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president of an airport service business who was accused of improperly storing hazardous waste has been sentenced to 60 days of incarceration.
U.S. Attorney Michael B. Stuart said in a statement Friday that Brian Scott Miller also was fined $5,000 and his company, Executive Air Terminal, received a $20,000 fine and was put on corporate probation for three years.
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Los Alamos lab marks milestone with shipment of waste
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have completed the first shipment of waste from a key area at the lab to the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository since the dump resumed operations in early 2017.
An official with the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management called the shipment a significant milestone for the cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab.
More chemical weapons wastewater sent from Colorado to Texas
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army is again shipping liquid hazardous waste from a chemical weapons destruction plant in Colorado for disposal in Texas.
The Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado began loading tanker trucks on Tuesday. They were bound for an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas.
The waste would normally be processed at the Colorado facility, but officials say that part of the plant is undergoing modifications and isn't operating.
Montana agency announces significant part of plant cleanup
COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say they have finished a significant part of the cleanup at a former aluminum company in northwest Montana.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the cleanup of hazardous waste in the area used to reduce alumina as part of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company's smelting process has been completed.
End of public comment period on nuke site draws criticism
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The ending of a public comment period has prompted concerns that the state of New Mexico is rushing the approval process regarding a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository.
Illinois EPA schedules household hazardous waste collection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has announced household hazardous waste collection dates.
EPA Director Alec Messina said Wednesday that the collections allow residents to ensure that leftover products with potentially problematic chemicals or other ingredients are disposed of properly.
Michigan steel plant site proposed for Superfund cleanup
TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — A former industrial site in southeastern Michigan may be eligible for cleanup funding under the federal Superfund program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding part of the McLouth Steel plant grounds in Trenton to the National Priorities List, which includes the nation's most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites.
North Carolina woman charged with felony animal cruelty
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have filed multiple charges against a North Carolina woman in the death of an Alaskan malamute and cruelty to other dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Holly Springs police arrested 51-year-old Gina Anne Spallone-Williams for felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty charges.
Railcar cleaning company owners charged in explosion deaths
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department announced nearly two dozen criminal charges Thursday against the owners of an Omaha railcar cleaning company stemming from a 2015 explosion that killed two workers.
Truck hauling fracking fluid overturn in Poudre Canyon
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A tanker carrying fracking fluid rolled over in the Poudre Canyon in northern Colorado, spilling some the fluid.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that the Colorado State Patrol says the accident occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday on Colorado 14 and required a hazardous waste team to clean up the spilled fluid.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California company that sells Crystal Geyser bottled water has been charged with illegally disposing of arsenic-tainted wastewater, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
The charges don't allege that CG Roxane LLC sold tainted water, but that it illegally shipped and disposed of the toxic waste filtered from well water.
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials say treatment is underway to clean up contaminants in the groundwater and soil at a North Carolina Superfund site.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Friday a 1.2-acre area beneath the former CTS Corp. factory in Asheville is being treated.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Waste management services in Juneau could soon be in one convenient location.
The Juneau Empire reports members of the Juneau government today will look over two options for housing all waste programs, including recycling, household hazardous waste and composting.
SPENCER, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added a groundwater chemical plume that's threatening a central Indiana city's water supply to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.
The EPA said Tuesday that adding the city of Spencer's Franklin Street Groundwater Contamination site to the federal agency's priority list signals its commitment to cleaning up that contamination.
CHELMSFORD -- The town will hold a household hazardous-waste collection for residents 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the back lower lot of the town offices.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has fined an eyeglass lens manufacturer $750,000 for repeatedly discharging hazardous waste into Clackamas County's sewer system in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon fined Carl Zeiss Vision Monday.
Los Alamos nuclear facility safe after evacuation order
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory ordered a partial evacuation of a nuclear research building after a report of a bulging hazardous waste drum.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the lab officials called for the evacuation Monday afternoon. The order was ended later in the day and the drum, which did not contain radiological waste, had been rendered safe.
Waste was stored inside a flammable cabinet, highly toxic materials were kept in a cardboard box labeled “non-hazardous,” and gallons of oxidizing liquids were stacked haphazardly atop flammable solids.
PANCEVO, Serbia (AP) — Dozens of rusty barrels and plastic tubs filled with a dark, oily liquid cluttered a muddy yard where chickens roamed. More brimming containers packed a wooden barn.
The property in northern Serbia, located next to farmland and a railway line, stored about 100 tons of likely hazardous waste altogether, the country's environmental protection ministry said. Authorities found it last month, along with another big batch cemented into the walls of a nearby brick factory.
Are you looking for ways to properly dispose some trash lying around in your house? The Harris County Precinct 2 office will host a hazardous waste collection at 8 a.m. April 21 at the Riley Community Center in Barrett Station.
The City of Ansonia has agreed to pay $19,125 in penalties to settle allegations that it improperly regulated and handled toxic chemicals, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is expected to fine the Los Alamos National Laboratory for exceeding state and federal time limits for storing hazardous waste.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports state officials informed the lab in a letter last month that it stored two hazardous waste containers over the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas.
WESTFORD -- The school year may run later than expected due to a succession of winter storms that have caused nine days of cancellations.
DeKalb County Health Department to host recycling events throughout 2018
DEKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department recently released its 2018 schedule of recycling events.
Those events include two opportunities to recycle electronics, one household hazardous waste event, and one paint and textile recycling event, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is expected to begin work this summer to clean up the area around a contaminated former power plant in the northern part of the state.
The Sheridan Press reported Friday the site in Acme, about 17 miles north of Sheridan, has asbestos, lead paint, petroleum, carcinogens and other hazardous waste.
DRACUT -- The Board of Health will be holding a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event this spring for residents to safely dispose of their hazardous household products, according to a notice posted on the town website.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Home Depot will pay $27 million to settle allegations in California that the retailer illegally disposed of hazardous waste and tossed customer records without first rendering personal information unreadable.
The state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said Thursday that inspections of Home Depot trash bins over a two-year span uncovered the violations.
California officials charged with misspending public funds
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has filed felony charges against five people accused of mishandling hazardous waste and misspending public funds at a rural water district, purchasing items including a kitchen remodel and concert tickets.
Georgia’s toxic sites await cleanup as funds are diverted
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has more than 500 hazardous sites in need of costly cleanup, but an analysis of state spending shows that it routinely shorts the trust fund that's supposed to pay for them.
Michigan waste plant seeks permission to treat dioxins
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A large hazardous waste treatment facility in Michigan is seeking approval to treat dioxins, some of the most toxic man-made chemicals.
Iowa AG files lawsuit alleging illegal disposal
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against a former Sioux City council member alleging the improper storage and disposal of millions of pounds of electronics and hazardous waste.
Louisiana firm pleads guilty to dumping waste in Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana company has pleaded guilty to transporting and dumping hazardous waste in a neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia.
Federal prosecutors in Georgia said Wednesday that New Orleans-based Boasso America Inc., which has a facility near Savannah, was sentenced to five years of probation.
Boasso was also ordered to pay restitution, including cleanup costs; a $500,000 penalty; and to establish, implement, and enforce an effective environmental compliance plan.