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The Latest: EPA assessing Superfund sites in flooded areas

Mar. 26, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding throughout the Midwest (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is assessing two Superfund sites located in areas that have seen overwhelming floods in recent weeks. The EPA identified the Superfund sites as the Nebraska...

Senate shuns Green New Deal amid claims of bad faith

Mar. 26, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate turned away from the Green New Deal on Tuesday as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the...

Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells

Mar. 26, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides. Major flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and...

Oregon close to finalizing cap-and-trade bill

Mar. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers on Monday unveiled a compromise proposal to a controversial cap-and-trade bill regulating greenhouse gas emissions, responding to overwhelming opposition from businesses and agricultural groups who worry the plan could put them out of work. If passed, Oregon would become...

The Latest: Official: Probe of fire at facility to take time

Mar. 25, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Officials say they continue investigating the cause of a fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility but have still not been able to...

Groups: EPA has dragged heels on oil dispersant rules

Mar. 25, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana say the Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its heels on issuing rules for oil spill dispersants, and they're ready to sue to demand them. They say dispersants such as Corexit, used during the Exxon Valdez and BP oil...

New Jersey orders cleanup of clothing, cookware chemicals

Mar. 25, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is ordering five companies that manufacture chemicals used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware to spend what could be hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up contamination from the substances. The state Department of Environmental Protection Mo ordered...

Correction: Brazil-Dam Collapse story

Mar. 25, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a story March 23 about the aftermath of a Brazilian dam collapse, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a new evacuation had been ordered for people near a dam. They had been evacuated in February. A corrected version of the story is below: Brazilian miner Vale says dam in...

Correction: Petrochemical Fire-Texas story

Mar. 25, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — In a story March 24 about fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day the Texas National Guard was called in. The request for the Guard's 6th civil support team was made Tuesday, not Thursday. A corrected version of the story is below:...

The Latest: Company says damaged gasoline tank stable

Mar. 24, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Officials say an emergency dike has been repaired and a damaged petrochemical tank stabilized during cleanup of leaking oil products that...