Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson revived a Sunflower Electric coal-fired power plant when he replaced Katherine Sibelius. Now that deal may be unraveling.
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The century of mining that built Treece, Kansas, has left it a toxic ghost town. EPA says the residential areas have been cleaned up, but Sen. Pat Roberts is poised to file a bill to buy out residents if EPA does not spend stimulus money to do so.
"Iowa's largest utility companies are ramping up their opposition to proposed state rules that would require them to monitor the mercury being emitted from their power plants, public records obtained by The Des Moines Register show."
"The air across Iowa is so polluted that the state is perilously close to violating new federal limits aimed at protecting human health."
Twenty-two new National Recreational Trails, covering more than 525 miles, provide a good opportunity to cover outdoor recreation topics.
The nation's largest residential lead pollution site reached a key milestone today with the signing of an EPA decision on how to clean up thousands of residential yards in eastern Omaha contaminated over decades by emissions from the former ASARCO lead refinery.
"Iowa is about to launch its biggest assault ever on river and lake pollution -- a $455 million campaign."
Researchers, journalists in tow, will be chasing tornadoes around the central US in May and June to learn more about how tornadoes work, and better predict them and their paths.
On Feb. 1, 2001, the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release its final implementation plan for returning the flow of the Missouri River to more natural levels.