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Chemical industry spends millions lobbying against Superfund tax

The American Chemistry Council spent $130 million over two years on government lobbying, including against revived Superfund tax.
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Shell to divest Nigerian onshore oil operations amid environmental concerns

Shell's proposal, if approved without restrictions by the Nigerian government, could limit the oil giant's liability for decades of environmental pollution.

Taiwo Adebayo reports for Associated Press.

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Health risks from nuclear contamination in St. Louis denounced at congressional hearing

The United States should not expand nuclear energy use, at least until the federal government can make up for the harms caused by previous nuclear projects, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri said at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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Texas faces growing challenge in plugging abandoned oil wells

Despite receiving federal funds, Texas struggles to keep up with an increasing number of abandoned oil wells; threatening land, water and human health.

James Osborne reports for The Houston Chronicle.

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Orphan well backlog grows in Texas, even as federal funds flow

Abandoned oil wells that need to be plugged in Texas numbered almost 8,200, a 3% increase since federal funding started flowing in 2022.
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Thousands of oil and gas wastewater spills threaten property, groundwater, wildlife and livestock across Texas
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Thousands of oil and gas wastewater spills threaten property, groundwater, wildlife and livestock across Texas

From the Texon Scar to the Sabine River, produced water spills have impacted soil, contaminated water resources and killed wildlife. But the Railroad Commission of Texas has resisted new regulations.
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South American nations struggle with enforcing environmental cleanup laws

A review of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia's environmental laws highlights a “lack of political will” for enforcement.

Yvette Sierra Praeli reports for Mongabay.

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