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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...

Public health notice after oil spill in a Louisiana bay

Aug. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — People should stay away from an oil spill in the Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto area, the Louisiana Department of Health said Wednesday. Its advisory also warned against fishing in, entering or driving vessels through areas with visible slicks or sheens. ...

Cleanup underway of oil spill in a Louisiana bay

Aug. 09, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — An oil spill cleanup is underway at a site where an oil tank platform collapsed in a Louisiana bay, the Coast Guard said. The spill of crude oil occurred at Hilcorp’s Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, according to a news release emailed late...

1st sea turtle nest found on Mississippi beach since 2018

Aug. 07, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — Beach crews have found the first sea turtle nest on the Mississippi mainland in four years. A Harrison County Sand Beach crew that was cleaning up found what appeared to be turtle tracks just east of the Pass Christian Harbor, officials said. ...

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...

Pipeline developer pleads no contest in pollution cases

Aug. 05, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The developer of a major pipeline system that connects the Marcellus Shale gas field in western Pennsylvania to an export terminal near Philadelphia pleaded no contest Friday to criminal charges that it systematically polluted waterways and residential water wells across...

DNR investigates oil contamination in northern Wisconsin

Aug. 05, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating contaminated soil near the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Reservation in far northern Wisconsin. DNR officials said Enbridge Inc. reported Wednesday that a contractor had encountered soil suspected to...

Honolulu utility finds chemical in Red Hill monitoring well

Aug. 04, 2022 22:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Board of Water Supply said Thursday it has detected a small amount of a chemical naturally occurring in coal, crude oil and gasoline in a monitoring well near a Navy fuel storage facility that spilled jet fuel last year. The utility said in a news...

Drought, sluggish Mississippi River make small dead zone

Aug. 03, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drought made the Mississippi River sluggish and led to a smaller than average dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — an area where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life, the scientist who's been measuring it for decades said Wednesday. Each year,...

California spares coastal power plant owner from fines

Aug. 02, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an aging gas-fired power plant along California's southern coast won't be required to pay fines for some water pollution it causes through 2023, state water officials voted Tuesday. The Redondo Beach Generating Station is one of four coastal...