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Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...

New Maine forest preserve protects recreation, water source

Jan. 17, 2020 1:10 AM EST

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups in Maine have announced the permanent protection of 1,400 acres in the southern part of the state, which will be home to a new community forest. The new preserve is called Tiger Hill Community Forest, and it is located in Sebago. The Trust for Public Land announced...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Suspect in death of woman found at treatment plant arraigned

Jan. 16, 2020 8:43 AM EST

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with killing a 26-year-old woman whose body was found outside a wastewater treatment plant has been held without bail after pleading not guilty. Keith Hamel, 23, of Athol, was arraigned Wednesday in Franklin Superior Court in connection with the death of...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Marcus Smith, 23, sprays down a line of dirty cars with hot water at Mister Car Wash near downtown Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. It didn't appear 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.7 C), ice and snow prevented him from cleaning vehicles. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Northwest hit with more snow, wind, power outages, 2 rescued

Jan. 15, 2020 9:45 PM EST

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — More snow fell in the Northwest through Wednesday, causing Washington state officials to send food, water and fuel to an area hit hard northeast of Seattle and resulting in a hourslong rescue of a stranded couple southwest of Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. The Seattle metro area didn't see...

Workers move bottled water to be sold at a supermarket in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods, and residents are hoarding bottled water. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

Jan. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. People in the metropolitan area have taken to social media to show glasses...

Minnesotans are drinking water contaminated by nitrate

Jan. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Years of unchecked agricultural pollution has led Minnesotans to drink tap water that is contaminated with unsafe levels of nitrate, a chemical associated with cancer and other serious health problems. In a report released Tuesday morning by the Environmental Working Group, it was found...

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider increasing the state sales taxes by 1 cent to raise money to boost funding for water quality, the environment and mental health care programs. A 1-cent sales tax increase is expected to generate about $540 million in new...