State water board approves water quality variance rule opposed by environmental groups

A separate rule that would have lowered the permitted amount of the chemical selenium in most rivers and stream was withdrawn after the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality opposed the stricter requirements.
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Agriculture board sets new poultry house setback rules

The rules, which are less strict than those that had been put out by ODAFF for public comment, must now get the approval of the Legislature and governor.
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Missed connections leave questions in Oklahoma oil worker’s death

Investigators suspected Dennis Mason was killed by toxic vapors from the oil. But they weren't able to prove it, because state medical examiners didn't test Mason's blood for petroleum chemicals
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Grand River Dam Authority plans to build, own and operate multimillion dollar water park on Illinois River

The Walton Family Foundation is offering to pay GRDA for most of the estimated $15.6 to $18 million cost of the proposed whitewater park on the Illinois River in Adair County.
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Legislature to take up set-back requirements for new poultry operations

While one of the bills currently has requirements that are more stringent than those proposed in December by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the other currently has requirements that are much less stringent than those proposed by the department.
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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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