February 26, 2008--Home Depot fined for construction site runoff in 28 states (Environmental News Service)

Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at 34 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were built. The U.S. Justice Department and U.S.

February 14, 2008--Lake County fears blowout of tunnel water (Denver Post)

Lake County commissioners have declared a local state of emergency around an old mine drainage tunnel that is trapping an estimated 1 billion gallons of contaminated water inside a mountain. The commissioners worry rising water levels inside a mountain in north Leadville, combined with its increasing pressure, could cause water to blow out from a drainage tunnel. Commi

February 14, 2008--Desert Rock heats up (Durango Telegraph)

While Desert Rock proponents tick away the days on a threatened lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, opponents are also saying that time may be running out for the massive proposed power plant.

February 14, 2008--Feds: Companies must prevent tainted water from reaching homes (Denver Post)

Companies responsible for dumping a potentially cancer-causing solvent decades ago into Scottsdale-area water supplies must come up with options to prevent contaminated water from reaching homes, according to federal authorities. The direction from the U.S.

February 12, 2008--EPA not pursuing effluent guidelines for drinking water (American Water Works Association)

The US Environmental Protection Agency  has determined that it will not actively pursue development of an effluent guideline for drinking water treatment plants.

February 10, 2008--Water group looking out for the little guys (Pueblo Chieftain)

Daunting questions about water quality and upgrading aging infrastructure are troublesome for all water providers, but take on shades of life or death for small systems. “The Environmental Protection Agency estimates there is a $1 trillion need nationwide for water and wastewater systems,” said Rich Hayes, manager of the Colorado Rural Water Association.

February 9, 2008--EPA's relaxed emissions rule struck down (USA Today)

A federal appeals court struck down an Environmental Protection Agency regulation on mercury emissions Friday that environmentalists had criticized as weak and illegal. The decision marked a victory for 14 states, environmental groups and American Indian tribes that had challenged the EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule.

February 5, 2008--Uranium mining company proposes changes to state mining bill (Greeley Tribune)

A company that wants to mine for uranium near Nunn proposed changes to a state bill in the Colorado Legislature on Monday that would change how the company complies with proposed rules governing mining.

February 5, 2008--Bush record-splitting budget cuts environment, funds nuclear weapons (Environmental News Service)

The White House budget request released Monday for Fiscal Year 2009 is historic as it is the first budget in U.S. history to crack the $3 trillion mark. It takes the United States deep into deficit spending - the deficit is predicted to be $407 billion in FY09. Even so, President George W.

February 5, 2008--A decrease for the EPA; a boost for NASA (Washington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed discretionary budget would decrease by $330 million from fiscal 2008 to $7.1 billion, with significant drops in spending on clean-water projects. The proposal calls for an overall decrease of almost $600 million from EPA spending in 2007 and the elimination of five programs.

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