Effort underway to change name of lake named for Tulsa Klansman

State officials first investigated changing the name of Lake Hudson after The Frontier reported on its namesake's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
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Environmental groups tell water board proposal would gut scenic river protections

Meanwhile OWRB staff members said they plan to bring back a set of proposed limitations on more than three dozen toxic chemicals already found or likely to be found in drinking water supplies and fish after abruptly pulling the standards from consideration when an industry-backed group raised technical issues about the proposal.
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Department of Ag’s proposed poultry setback rules still alive, despite board punting issue to lawmakers

The proposed rules, thought by many to have been effectively killed last month, are currently in a public comment phase.
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Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by The Frontier and StateImpact Oklahoma.
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Water board pulls rules to set safe limits on chemicals found in water, fish

Of the 38 chemicals that were proposed to be added to the list, 18 are known carcinogens and each of the chemicals are either currently being discharged into Oklahoma waters or are used or manufactured by industries in Oklahoma.
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State gives green light to new poultry operation after suspending applications

Officials at the Agriculture Department said the application, which was formally approved by the department on Dec. 12, had been submitted and processed prior to the suspension being put in place in October.
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Facing backlash on proposed rules, Board of Agriculture opts to ‘punt’ rules on new poultry farms to Legislature

Critics said that by adding the May 31 end date to the temporary moratorium on poultry feeding operation applications, the board created a situation that allows the poultry industry and its allies in the Legislature to essentially run out the clock without having to add any new regulations or protections.
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State, tribes enter into proposed multi-million dollar settlement agreement for mining sites, Tar Creek environmental cleanup

The proposed consent decree would require steel distribution company Blue Tee and three of its top executives to pay a combined $75.5 million to seven states, three federal agencies and seven northeastern Oklahoma American Indian tribes.
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Help us raise $50,000 to fund nonprofit journalism in Oklahoma

Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, The Frontier is eligible for a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that support nonprofits like us.
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Environmental groups file suit seeking to overturn EPA’s transfer of coal ash disposal regulation to state

In June 2018, Oklahoma was the first state to have its coal ash program approved by the EPA.
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