Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"Ameren Coal Ash Used as Mine Fill Near Ste. Genevieve"

"STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Ameren Missouri has spent the past four years engaged in a bitter fight with Labadie-area residents over a proposal to pile millions of cubic yards of coal ash on a plot of cropland by the Missouri River."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 04/01/2013

"Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege"

"Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices, a flurry of recent lawsuits assert. And, the suits claim, the federal government facilitated the alleged swindle by failing in its legal obligation to ensure the tribes got a fair deal."

Source: ProPublica, 02/25/2013

"In Midwest, Bringing Back Native Prairies Yard by Yard"

"Across the U.S. Midwest, homeowners are restoring their yards and former farmland to the native prairie that existed in pre-settlement days. The benefits can be substantial -- maintenance that uses less water and no fertilizer, and an ecosystem that supports wildflowers and wildlife."

Source: YaleE360, 12/21/2012

Fort Calhoun, Nebraska Nuclear Plant, Should Remain Closed: Enviros

"OMAHA, Neb. -- A Nebraska environmental group wants federal regulators to keep the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant shut down because it would be inundated by floodwaters in the unlikely event of a dam failing upstream."

"The Clean Nebraska group said Wednesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own assessment of the flood threat at the plant about 20 miles north of Omaha predicts all major equipment at Fort Calhoun would be flooded if the Oahe dam on the Missouri River failed.

Source: AP, 09/28/2012

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