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DES hearing to address plastic company's equipment permit

Oct. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is going to hold a public hearing on a plastics company's application for air pollution control equipment in Merrimack. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is seeking the permit. The DES hearing also will provide an...

Rougarou Fest organizers continue effort to reduce waste

Oct. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — At last year's Rougarou Fest, participants navigated new recycling and zero waste stations when throwing away trash as part of the organizer's effort to limit the trash produces by the festival. Jonathan Foret, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center executive director, said the goal is...

California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children

Oct. 9, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A widely used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday. Under the deal, all California sales of...

The Latest: President of growers group disappointed by ban

Oct. 9, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California banning a pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The president of a citrus association that represents about 5,000 growers has expressed disappointment that a widely used pesticide is being banned in California...

Nobel prize honors breakthroughs on lithium-ion batteries

Oct. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries power cellphones, laptops, electric cars and countless other devices of modern life, and could become...

Investigators on site of France's huge chemical plant fire

Oct. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors say police units specialized in environmental risks are leading investigations into a huge fire at a chemical plant last month in the French city of Rouen. The Paris prosecutor's office, which is in charge of the probe, said in a statement Tuesday that about 130 complaints...

Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to slash use of plastic

Oct. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Lipton teas, said Monday it aims to halve its use of non-recycled plastics by 2025. The move, which appears crafted to resonate with younger, more environmentally aware consumers, will require a "fundamental...

Group says officials lagging in water cleanup plans

Oct. 6, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — State and federal officials are moving too slowly to implement cleanup plans for Washington waters, according to an environmental group that alleges some of the work is years behind. A 1998 lawsuit settlement between the group, Northwest Environmental Advocates, and the U.S. Environmental...

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

Oct. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers, including...

Beekeepers protect hives from pesticide amid virus fight

Oct. 4, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Beekeepers in a northern Indiana county say they were able to protect their honey-producing hives from a pesticide used in aerial spraying to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus. Crews in Elkhart County recently began spraying Dibrom to kill mosquitoes that spread eastern equine...