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Idaho town told not to drink water amid contamination scare

May. 25, 2018 10:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Residents of an Idaho town have been told not to drink its well water amid concerns that a fired municipal worker who killed himself in his home may have contaminated it, officials said Friday. Tom Young, 62, was found dead Thursday by emergency workers who were sent to a hospital after...

The Latest: First tests find no water contamination in town

May. 25, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on an Idaho town where officials told residents not to drink the water after a fired municipal worker was found dead in his home. (all times local): 7:40 p.m. State officials say a first round of tests on the water in an Idaho town have found no contamination after a fired...

Scientists find opioids in Puget Sound mussels

May. 25, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and put them in different areas to test for water contamination, KIRO-TV...

Klamath Tribes sue regulators over management of Oregon lake

May. 25, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The Klamath Tribes are suing federal regulators claiming they failed to keep a southern Oregon lake full enough to ensure the continued survival of sucker fish. The tribes filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday calling on the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Twin Metals wants to build ore processor closer to BWCA

May. 25, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Metals says its updated plan for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely includes an ore processing facility on the east bank of Birch Lake, which puts it closer to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness than earlier planned. Environmental groups blasted Thursday's...

The Latest: 3 lava flows now reaching ocean off Hawaii

May. 24, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Three lava flows from an erupting volcano are now flowing into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii County officials say the third flow started pouring into the sea Thursday. Lava is...

Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

May. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor's bulldozer slid...

BLM trying stop flow of contaminants from SW Oregon mine

May. 23, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — This summer, the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management is working to stop the flow of heavy metal contaminants from the Formosa Mine southwest of Riddle into nearby creeks. BLM Project Manager Susan Lee said copper, zinc, mercury and gold had been mined from the site off and on from the...

Protesters: Bottled water should still be provided in Flint

May. 22, 2018 10:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 100 people crowded into Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office lobby to demand that the state continue to provide bottled water to Flint residents. MLive.com reports the protesters gathered Tuesday for about 40 minutes until they said they were denied a meeting. They chanted "Flint...

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

May. 22, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A reporter for The Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants in which some reporters were welcomed and others were not. An aide to EPA...