Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In FullBody Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
Conservation groups, Native Americans and Maine's power company fought over the fate of the Penobscot River for 13 years. They finally reached an agreement that should preserve hydropower while improving the river's environmental and recreational offerings.
The 1972 flash flood in Rapid City, S.D., killed 238 people and is considered one of the worst in U.S. history. The flood changed Rapid City forever and caused city planners around the country to rethink the way towns are laid out in flash flood-prone areas.
About 100 tons of marine life rode aboard the huge concrete dock that washed ashore in Oregon earlier this week. Marine biologists were shocked to see that Japanese coastal species survived the trans-Pacific trek, but they are also worried about the risk for invasive species.
A Costco "mega" gas station in Wheaton has drawn the ire of residents concerned with its proximity to their community, and a Montgomery County planning board is considering restrictions on where such structures can be built.
While it wouldn't seem like an agricultural authorization bill would have a lot to do with the D.C. area, the one being considered in Congress right now has ramifications both for Chesapeake cleanup and for Food Stamp recipients.
The largest wildfire in New Mexico history continues to burn, spurred on by record drought conditions across the Southwest. Huge aerial tanker planes drop liquid payloads to extinguish many wildfires. One tanker deployed over Utah plummeted into a canyon and disintegrated, killing two pilots.
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