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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

Jan. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. The policy change,...

Two people take snapshots atop of a collapsed bridge in Malgrat, near Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Since Sunday the storm has hit mostly eastern areas of Spain with hail, heavy snow and high winds, while huge waves smashed into towns on the Mediterranean coast and nearby islands of Mallorca and Menorca. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

Storm Gloria kills 11 in Spain, causes wide coastal damage

Jan. 23, 2020 9:58 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A calamitous storm has killed at least 11 people in Spain and left five others missing, as well as causing rivers to overflow their banks and contaminating vast agricultural areas in eastern Spain with salty seawater. New reports of disappearances in northeastern Catalonia and the...

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2016 file photo, laborers work at an aluminum recycling factory near the Buriganga River on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's High Court has asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted main river in the nation’s capital, lawyers and activists said Tuesday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Bangladesh court orders 231 factories closed to save river

Jan. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court has asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted main river in the nation’s capital, lawyers and activists said Tuesday. Manzil Murshid, who filed a petition with the court seeking its intervention, said the factories...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Volcano erupts near Manila; villagers flee, airports shut

Jan. 12, 2020 11:08 AM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. The...

Water company pleads guilty to hazardous waste violations

Jan. 9, 2020 10:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG...

Newspaper: Lab found chemicals in water near SC airbase

Jan. 7, 2020 8:01 AM EST

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A newspaper says it found high levels of a toxic chemical in the drinking water near one of South Carolina's largest military bases. The Post and Courier paid University of Rhode Island researchers to examine tap water at the Crescent Mobile Home Park near Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a Newport Town Hall Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Newport Opera House in Newport, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Sanders says he'll enact national drinking water standards

Dec. 31, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he would enact federal drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals that have caused widespread contamination in New Hampshire and other states. New Hampshire recently set some of the nation's toughest...

Oregon fines Organic Valley $26K for dumping milk into river

Dec. 29, 2019 11:07 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined a creamery for river water pollution caused by dumping milk, officials said. The $26,574 fine was levied against Organic Valley for dumping by its McMinnville Creamery, The Statesman Journal reported Friday. The creamery discharged 87...

Jim Beam fined in massive bourbon spill that killed fish

Dec. 28, 2019 11:36 AM EST

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam was fined $600,000 (537,000 Euros) earlier this month after a July warehouse fire sent a nearly 23-mile (37-kilometer) plume of alcohol into the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, killing fish. The distiller agreed to the fine in a Dec. 6 order from the Kentucky Energy and...