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Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA's permanent chief

Jan. 16, 2019 1:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the position. Wheeler's roughly six-month tenure as...

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

Jan. 15, 2019 3:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases." But the 166 cases...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Detroit amid auto show

Jan. 15, 2019 9:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil-water advisory for downtown Detroit and nearby areas following a weekend water main break . The affected area included hotels and the Cobo Center, where the annual North American International Auto Show opened Monday for news media from around the world. Drinking...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Jan. 15, 2019 5:58 AM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve...

Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

Jan. 15, 2019 2:42 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions. Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South...

Big winners in Trump rollback of wetlands rules? Developers

Jan. 14, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under long-standing federal law and rules,...

Volkswagen to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant

Jan. 14, 2019 2:28 PM EST

German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company's manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America, a sign of a growing push into the electric car market by European companies. Volkswagen made a couple of announcements that it will...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Jan. 14, 2019 5:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air. A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants,...

Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

Jan. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people were scooping up the leaking fuel and many were killed, police and witnesses said Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, as impoverished...

Dozens feared dead in Nigeria after leaking oil tanker explodes; people had been scooping up fuel

Jan. 12, 2019 3:57 AM EST
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens feared dead in Nigeria after leaking oil tanker explodes; people had been scooping up fuel.