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Study: Enough rare earth minerals to fuel green energy shift

Jan. 27, 2023 11:08 AM EST

The world has enough rare earth minerals and other critical raw materials to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy to produce electricity and limit global warming, according to a new study that counters concerns about the supply of such minerals. With a push to get more...

Town where child cancer rose blasts deal over polluted site

Jan. 26, 2023 22:30 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — In hindsight, it's clear that something was very wrong in this suburban town at the Jersey Shore, where many people worked at or lived near a chemical company that was flushing toxic waste into waterways and burying it in the ground. Men would come home from...

EPA considers tougher regulation of livestock farm pollution

Jan. 23, 2023 17:47 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will study whether to toughen regulation of large livestock farms that release manure and other pollutants into waterways. EPA has not revised its rules dealing with the nation's largest animal operations...

Sections of Balkan river become floating garbage dump

Jan. 21, 2023 07:44 AM EST

VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Tons of waste dumped in poorly regulated riverside landfills or directly into the waterways that flow across three countries end up accumulating behind a trash barrier in the Drina River in eastern Bosnia during the wet weather of winter and early spring. ...

Scientists say pollution not cause of UK mass crab deaths

Jan. 20, 2023 09:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British scientists said Friday they don’t think pollution killed thousands of crabs that washed up on beaches in northeast England, though they are unsure what did cause the unusual die-off. The crustaceans were found dead or dying along more than 70 kilometers (44...

Va. Senate Democrats kill effort to repeal electric car rule

Jan. 17, 2023 19:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated several Republican efforts to repeal a so-called “clean cars” law that aims to reduce carbon pollution through the adoption of California’s stringent rules for vehicle emissions. The committee vote marked a...

Monitors show months-old Alabama landfill fire polluting air

Jan. 16, 2023 16:10 PM EST

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — An underground fire at an Alabama landfill has continued to pollute the air in eastern parts of the Birmingham region more than 50 days after a fire began underground, according to air quality monitors. The monitors surrounding the Moody landfill are detecting...

More radioactive tests sought at St. Louis school district

Jan. 12, 2023 11:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) — In an unusual show of bipartisanship, Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and Democratic U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri asked the federal government to perform more testing for radioactive contamination on properties owned by the Hazelwood School District. In...

New Mexico lawmakers aim to attract hydrogen investments

Jan. 11, 2023 22:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers will consider public incentives aimed at attracting investments in hydrogen production and distribution as a potential new source of industrial employment and an alternative for vehicles and factories that rely on climate-warming fossil fuels, as...

EPA to award $100M to boost environmental justice programs

Jan. 10, 2023 14:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is awarding $100 million in competitive grants for projects that advance environmental justice in communities disproportionately affected by industrial pollution and other hazards. The funding, established...