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'Unacceptable': EPA head says of West Virginia water issues

Dec. 06, 2022 22:50 PM EST

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Sonny Barton had a lot to say about living without clean drinking water when the nation’s top environmental regulator came to his small West Virginia community Tuesday. The creek where he collects water for bathing, cooking and flushing toilets is littered...

Russian shelling cuts off power again in liberated Kherson

Dec. 01, 2022 13:28 PM EST

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling cut off power in much of the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson on Thursday, just days after it was restored amid Moscow's ongoing drive to destroy key civilian infrastructure as freezing weather sets in. In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali...

Denver gets go-ahead from EPA after progress on lead pipes

Dec. 01, 2022 10:52 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in the Denver region, saying the local water utility's approach for reducing lead levels is succeeding and making swift progress. It's a recognition that cities can effectively address...

3 rehabilitated manatees released in Florida Keys

Nov. 30, 2022 03:12 AM EST

KEY COLONY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three adult male manatees rescued from waters in the Florida Keys earlier this year have been returned to a Keys canal after being treated and rehabilitated at SeaWorld Orlando. Personnel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,...

Western US cities to remove decorative grass amid drought

Nov. 17, 2022 21:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in...

U.S. agency sued over hands-off decision on Okefenokee mine

Nov. 15, 2022 14:53 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Conservation groups filed suit Tuesday against a U.S. government agency challenging its decision to allow a mining project to move forward without federal permits near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District...

Little Bluestone River tract protected, made accessible

Nov. 13, 2022 14:29 PM EST

JUMPING BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — A section of the Little Bluestone River and the steep, forested hills that rise from its rocky shores near its confluence with the Bluestone National Scenic River are being protected and made accessible to the public. Little Bluestone Community Forest...

California sues over 'forever chemicals' that taint water

Nov. 10, 2022 20:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday by the state of California accuses 3M, Dupont and 16 smaller companies of covering up the harm caused to the environment and the public from chemicals manufactured by the firms that have over decades found their way into waterways and human...

Time to study up: 35 gardening terms everyone should know

Nov. 07, 2022 08:18 AM EST

When thumbing through seed catalogs or plant-care manuals, you’re likely to encounter at least some descriptions that elude you. So here’s a cheat sheet to help navigate the offerings – and maybe impress your gardening friends. Aerate: Poking holes into compacted soil with a...

When destitute small towns mean dangerous tap water

Nov. 04, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, W.Va. (AP) — Donna Dickerson’s heart would sink every time she’d wake up, turn on the faucet in her mobile home and hear the pipes gurgling. Sometimes it would happen on a day when her mother, who is 86 and has dementia, had a doctor’s appointment and needed to...