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Idaho Fined After Demolishing Building Containing Asbestos

By Keith Ridler BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay a $52,000 fine after demolishing an asbestos-containing building in northern Idaho and potentially exposing the public to the cancer-causing fibers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement involving the November demolition of the state-owned building in Priest River. The […]

Taco Comfort Solutions Earns ‘Best Places to Work in RI’ Award

CRANSTON, RI — Taco Comfort Solutions has earned a 2016 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island award, presented by Providence Business News. This is a second Best Workplace award occasion for Taco (the company was previously recognized in 2011.) The annual Best Places to Work in RI awards are managed by the Best Companies […]

Army Corps to Reduce Lake Flows Fueling Florida Algae Bloom

By Jennifer Kay and Terry Spencer STUART, Fla. (AP) — As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida’s Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee that many blame for fueling the problem. The Corps’ Jacksonville District planned to begin the reductions early […]

Complaint: City Water Official in Iowa Faked Tests for Years

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A city official in southwest Iowa failed to conduct daily drinking water quality tests for years but gave regulators false reports showing they had been completed, according to a criminal complaint released July 5. Mark Travis, the certified water system operator for Sidney is charged with felonious misconduct in office and […]

Environmentalists Challenge DNR Sand Mine Pollution Findings

By Todd Richmond MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report wrongly concludes that sand mining operations don’t produce fine dust particles and shouldn’t impact human health, an environmental advocacy group contends. The DNR released a potential update to its 2012 sand mining analysis for public comment last month. The […]