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FILE- This June 2, 2009 file photo shows  the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island.  Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. In 2020, U.S. Steel said it would indefinitely idle major operations at the factories, sending notices to 1,545 employees. Now, there are about 500 workers left and just a small slice of what it was at its peak. In the late 1940s, more than 16,000 men reportedly worked there. (Patrica Beck/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Zug Island mill still operates with fraction of workforce

Jan. 17, 2021 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. But steel making in metro Detroit — and America — probably...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

Restoration underway at SW Louisiana pelican nesting island

Jan. 16, 2021 8:35 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Restoration is underway at the state bird’s only breeding site in southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority said. Rabbit Island is also where about 180 brown pelicans and 140 smaller birds were released in 2010 after oil from the BP spill...

PG&E will pay up to $190M to clean up San Francisco marina

Jan. 15, 2021 9:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest utility, has agreed to pay up to $190 million to clean up and revitalize a San Francisco harbor that was polluted by a long-closed gas plant, it was announced Friday. The agreement, announced by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, involves...

Colorado unveils plan to cut air pollution by 90% by 2050

Jan. 15, 2021 7:47 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials unveiled a plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% by 2050 in order to improve public health and reduce the effects of climate change. “This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,” Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said....

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration to healing physical and emotional damages left by the crisis.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Flint water charges escalate debate over officials' failures

Jan. 15, 2021 6:27 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — When a former Michigan public health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, the man who previously held the job says a chilling thought crossed his mind: It could have been me. “I spent 14 years in that chair,” said Jim Haveman, who...

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

Jan. 15, 2021 1:57 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies. Total said in a statement Friday it would not renew its membership for 2021 following an analysis of API's position on climate...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Jan. 15, 2021 1:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block...

Prosecutors drop securities case against former VW CEO

Jan. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have set aside a securities-law case against the former CEO of Volkswagen because he could face heavier penalties in a separate criminal fraud case connected to the company's 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The court in the city of Braunschweig said in a...

Former Gov. Rick Snyder walks past the media after his video arraignment on charges related to the Flint water crisis on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 outside the Genesee County Jail in downtown Flint.  Snyder pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint.  (Cody Scanlan/The Flint Journal via AP)

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

Jan. 14, 2021 8:49 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a...