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Federal court rejects EPA approval of widely used herbicide

Jun. 4, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government must revoke its approval of a widely used weed killer that has damaged other crops and turned neighbor against neighbor in some farm communities, a federal appeals court in California ruled. Dicamba is used on tens of millions of acres of soybeans and cotton...

Signs recommending people wear face coverings to help stop the spread of coronavirus are displayed in Waterloo station, London, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Waterloo station, which is wide recognised as the busiest train station in Britain, is still much quieter than normal as most commuters are working from home and not commuting into central London offices. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Soccer club Tottenham among firms to tap virus loan scheme

Jun. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways, Marks & Spencer and even Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur are among 53 big companies to take advantage of a special coronavirus loan scheme from the Bank of England to tide them over during the pandemic. The central bank revealed Thursday for the first time...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, smoke rises from LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leakage, in Vishakhapatnam, India. A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory this month that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. (AP Photo/File)

Probe blames safety lapses for deadly India gas leak

May. 31, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical factory that killed 12 people and sickened hundreds. The committee said the tanks from which the gas...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, flames and thick, black smoke light up the pre-dawn sky following and explosion at the TPC plant in Port Neches, Texas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that it cited TPC for three willful violations by not developing and implementing procedures for emergency shutdown and not inspecting and testing process vessel and piping components. TPC faces $514,692 in civil OSHA fines, stemming from the explosion and fires. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

OSHA: 3 willful violations led to plant blasts in Texas

May. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. officials cited the owners of a Southeast Texas chemical plant where November blasts and fires injured three workers and caused widespread damage to the surrounding community. The Nov. 27 blasts at the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Houston,...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. The bridge sits just south of Wixom Lake where the dams failed. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding

May. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Central Michigan communities that were submerged when two dams failed this week on Friday sued the operator of the dams and two state agencies charged with overseeing the structures. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate...

Floodwater reaches the bottom of a stop sign, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

May. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the...

Dan Roberts packs his belongings as he prepares to move out at the temporary shelter at Midland High School, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Midland, Mich. Roberts, a resident at Riverside Place Senior Living Community was forced out of the complex due to rising floodwaters of the Tittabawassee River. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have were evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Trump declares emergency for flooded Michigan communities

May. 21, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Many Central Michigan residents remained cut off from their homes Thursday even as floodwaters receded, with senior citizens among the scores of displaced people staying in shelters after flooding overwhelmed two dams, submerged homes and washed out roads. President Donald Trump, who...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Analysis: Trump flouts the experts, even in own government

May. 20, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the nation’s top infectious disease doctor warned it could be risky for schools to open this fall, President Donald Trump said that was unacceptable. When experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced a roadmap for how Americans could slowly get back to...

Smoke billows from a chemical plant following an explosion in Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy, Friday, May 15, 2020. Two people were reportedly critically injured. (Vigili del Fuoco via AP)

Italy: Chemical plant fire hurts 2, forces Venetians indoors

May. 15, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A fire at a chemical plant near Venice critically injured two people, belched thick black smoke into the air and forced Venetians to stay indoors for fear of noxious fumes, Italian authorities said Friday. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the blaze, triggered by an explosion at the factory in...