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State helping fight fire threatening WA homes, sewer plant

Aug. 11, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

GRANDVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A fire threatening homes, infrastructure and the a sewer plant in central Washington has prompted a state response, including aircraft. Interim State Fire Marshal Chad Cross said Thursday that the Canyon Road Fire near the small city of Grandview is burning...

Newsom: California must boost water recycling, desalination

Aug. 11, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should invest tens of billions of dollars in water recycling, storage and desalination over the next two decades to shore up its supply as the state gets drier and hotter, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a proposal released Thursday. It comes as...

Landfill odor: Health problems, but no elevated cancer risk

Aug. 11, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

Missouri’s health department on Thursday announced findings of a lengthy examination of the troubled Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis, determining that the foul odor emitting from the landfill created health problems but did not increase the risk of cancer. The finding of...

Michigan: Company released industrial chemicals into water

Aug. 10, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — An auto trim maker violated the law after releasing industrial chemicals into a river system northwest of Detroit, Michigan environmental officials say. Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says its Water Resources Division issued...

Biden signs 'burn pits' help for vets; a personal win, too

Aug. 10, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits.” ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 09, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. August 5, 2022. Editorial: Illinois gets high marks early on clean energy, but renewables pose a challenge Illinois is one of six states that together account for about a fifth of the nation’s carbon emissions output. So it has been...

Georgia farm fined after food waste release causes fish kill

Aug. 09, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia dairy farm has been fined after a release of food waste caused a fish kill, a rare instance of government getting involved with a practice that counties can't regulate despite chronic complaints from residents. WAGA-TV reports the Georgia...

Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

Aug. 09, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a world increasingly troubled by the persistent harm that plastic — manufactured in petrochemical plants — has had on the environment, companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely...

Microplastics increasingly found in Colorado's snowpack

Aug. 06, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As the focus on the electron microscope resolved, Richard Reynolds found himself feeling more resigned than surprised. The slide before him was a snowpack sample collected from pristine Colorado high country. The sample revealed, at intense magnification, the...

Polio fears rise in New York amid possible community spread

Aug. 04, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state health officials issued a more urgent call Thursday for unvaccinated children and adults to get inoculated against polio, citing new evidence of possible “community spread” of the dangerous virus. The polio virus has now been found in seven...