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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 22, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Pass it: A gun safety bill even gun-rights groups support More than two years ago, Gary Martin walked into a disciplinary meeting with his supervisors at an Aurora valve manufacturing plant. They told him he...

Australia fights UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef health

Jun. 22, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal. The committee said...

Nonprofit to release 'tree equity' scores for urban areas

Jun. 22, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit could use more trees — about 1.2 million more, according to American Forests. The Washington-based, nonprofit conservation organization on Tuesday published Tree Equity scores for 150,000 neighborhoods in 486 urbanized areas. ...

USVI oil refinery to shutter indefinitely amid violations

Jun. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands that contaminated the environment in a series of events that sickened dozens of people and forced schools to close announced Monday that it would remain shuttered indefinitely. Limetree Bay...

US selects new cleanup contractor for Idaho nuclear site

Jun. 21, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a new $6.4 billion contract to clean up nuclear waste at its sprawling site in Idaho, which includes a national laboratory that does nuclear research. The Energy Department announced Friday that the...

Company: Yankee nuclear plant demolition remains in budget

Jun. 21, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — A representative of the company decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station told a state panel last week that the work was still expected to be completed within budget. Despite being in operation for 44 years, there are low levels of...

UN office says Sri Lanka ship fire causes significant damage

Jun. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. ...

Amid report on farm-related pollution, conservation cited

Jun. 19, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Luke Brubaker admitted that he’s proud of his soil as he bent over and gestured with an extended arm to a field on his northwestern Lancaster County dairy operation. He pointed to the largely unbroken soil, where modern farming practices allow...

Oil spill settlement to fund loon conservation projects

Jun. 19, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A half-dozen projects in New England and New York are slated to receive more than $3.5 million in funding to help protect common loons. Loons have been the focus of conservation efforts throughout the country, and they have slowly come back in...

State has major win in Buckhorn mine Clean Water Act case

Jun. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a summary judgment in favor of Washington state against two gold mining companies over years of water pollution stemming from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf...