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Nation Sep 21Dam breach at Duke plant in North Carolina, coal ash could spill
Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.
Nation Sep 20Floodwaters inundate lake at North Carolina power plant, raising alarm
Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.
Nation Sep 17Hurricane Florence breaches manure lagoon, coal ash pit in North Carolina
North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution.
Nation Sep 13After Florence, sea level rise threat will remain for North Carolina shore
The low-lying barrier islands hugging the Carolinas coast are experiencing some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, nearly an inch a year.
Nation Aug 13State probe says treatment of immigrant teens not abuse
State investigators concluded the harsh treatment described by detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state’s legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of…
Nation Aug 09EPA violated law by keeping harmful pesticide on the market, court says
In a split decision, the court said Thursday that Scott Pruitt, a Republican forced to resign earlier this summer amid ethics scandals, violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of agency scientists that the pesticide chlorpyrifos is harmful.
Nation Jun 21Immigrant children allege abuse at Virginia detention center
Multiple detainees say guards at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.
Politics Jun 08Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA’s Pruitt
House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct.
Nation Jun 02Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force
Steven D. Cook served more than 20 years as in-house, corporate counsel for LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.
Politics Jun 02Lobbyist tied to EPA chief’s condo tried to influence agency
Newly filed reports show the Washington lobbyist whose wife rented a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had far more contact with the agency than previously disclosed…