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No excessive radiation at Detroit River aggregate spill site

Dec. 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

Tests at a Michigan industrial site where limestone construction aggregate recently spilled into the Detroit River turned up no indication of excessive radiation levels, a state agency reported Friday. Staffers with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy inspected the Detroit Bulk Storage property...

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...

Iowa program seeks to provide name signs for creeks

Nov. 30, 2019 11:56 AM EST

AMANA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are hoping to reduce water pollution by addressing problems in the small waterways that zigzag throughout the state, and they believe something as simple as name awareness can help. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the...

20 rescued, 1 dead along California-Mexico border

Nov. 29, 2019 6:37 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities have rescued 20 people they say tried to illegally enter the United States from Mexico through a rain-swollen storm drain system. The San Diego Union-Tribune says authorities also found a person dead at around 2:30 a.m. Friday on a beach along the mouth of the Tijuana River in...

Pipeline spill of produced water far larger than estimated

Nov. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a pipeline spill of so-called “produced water” in western North Dakota was much larger than initially estimated by state inspectors. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that about 1.4 million gallons of produced water were...

Ohio will create, use wetlands to combat Lake Erie's algae

Nov. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EST

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will begin work in the coming months on creating and restoring wetlands as part of its new strategy to deal with the toxic algae blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, state leaders said Thursday. Three of the sites are along the lake's shoreline near Toledo and the others...

Review: ‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’

Nov. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EST

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a sober and ominous docudrama. On its surface, it’s an unspectacular one....

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into river

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and a truck driver died Monday when a road bridge collapsed in rural southwest France, dumping several vehicles into a river and prompting nationwide questions about bridge safety. Bystanders were able to rescue the girl’s mother after her car fell into the Tarn River...