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UK government lifts fracking ban despite opposition

Sep. 22, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government confirmed Thursday that it's lifting a ban on fracking in England, arguing that the move will help boost the country's energy security amid Russia's war in Ukraine. Prime Minister Liz Truss announced within days of taking office earlier this month...

Minnesota Ojibwe harvest sacred, climate-imperiled wild rice

Sep. 20, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ON LEECH LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Seated low in her canoe sliding through a rice bed on this vast lake, Kendra Haugen used one wooden stick to bend the stalks and another to knock the rice off, so gently the stalks sprung right back up. On a mid-September morning, no breeze ruffled...

State cracks down on Flint company after Flint River spill

Sep. 19, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — State regulators on Monday ordered a Flint chemical company to truck wastewater to a water treatment plant, weeks after it was blamed for an oily discharge in the Flint River. The 11-page order describes disputes between Lockhart Chemical and the Department of...

Lawsuit seeks repairs to troubled Mississippi water system

Sep. 19, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new class-action lawsuit seeks to force Mississippi's capital city to fix its troubled water system, including removal or repair of pipes and equipment contaminated with lead. The suit was filed Friday in federal district court, a day after the state health...

US withdraws polluted Montana site from new mining

Sep. 13, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have withdrawn parcels of public land near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana from future mining to protect a reclamation area where more than $80 million has been spent to clean up past mining contamination. Mining will be barred...

S. Carolina nuclear fuel plant can keep running for 40 years

Sep. 13, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials have granted a South Carolina factory which is just one of three in the country making fuel for nuclear plants a license to keep operating for 40 years. Environmental groups had fought the new license for Westinghouse Nuclear in Columbia or...

URI's efforts to study plastic pollution get federal boost

Sep. 11, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are getting some federal assistance for their efforts to better understand plastic pollution and the threat it poses to the ocean. The university is set to receive $1 million in grant funding dedicated to...

New research facility shows how to live with rising tides

Sep. 11, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Elizabeth River Project’s latest work doesn’t fight the rising tide. It will roll with it. The environmental group is constructing a 6,500-foot resilience lab along Colley Avenue and Knitting Mill Creek. The building has an intentional life span of about...

EPA loses key ruling as Flint residents pursue water claims

Sep. 10, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from appealing a key ruling in a long-running lawsuit claiming negligence by the federal government in Flint's lead-contaminated water in 2014-15. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled in 2020 that Flint residents...

State agrees to upgrade fish hatchery over pollution fears

Sep. 08, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has agreed to make upgrades at its largest fish hatchery as part of a proposed settlement following allegations that the facility was polluting nearby waterways, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The state will take action to...