Latest Pollution News

Wake County urges well-water testing after 2 illnesses

Jun. 24, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The News & Observer reports Wake County officials think one in five private wells in the area could have unhealthy levels of naturally-occurring radon and uranium. A groundwater protection official said one local household had 20 times the safe amount But the official says there's...

Jay Inslee: End government partnership with fossil fuels

Jun. 24, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is proposing a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. That would involve everything from ending tax breaks for oil companies to banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters. It's the latest proposal...

New wind farm to operate in southeastern New Mexico by 2020

Jun. 24, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A new wind power generating farm is coming to southeastern New Mexico, bringing turbines and transmission lines. San Diego-based EDF Renewables recently announced that construction on the Oso Grande Wind Project will start this year and the farm will fully operate by the end of 2020,...

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

Jun. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of...

Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

Jun. 24, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that...

AP FACT CHECK: Obama is a silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 24, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...

High pollution advisory issued for Phoenix metropolitan area

Jun. 24, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental regulators have issued a high pollution advisory for ozone for the Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials recommend people limit outdoor activity Monday while the advisory is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory...

Oregon Republican lawmakers continue climate bill boycott

Jun. 23, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate was again unable to conduct business because of a Republican boycott of the Legislature over major climate change legislation. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Senate President Peter Courtney announced a lack of quorum Sunday. Republicans fled the Capitol last week to...

Ohio House OK's permanent fund for cleaning up lakes, rivers

Jun. 23, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved creating a permanent trust fund that would pay for projects aimed at improving water quality around the state. It's one of several ideas for funding water quality initiatives being looked at by Gov. Mike DeWine and legislators. DeWine earlier...

Budget pressure, policy agendas collide ahead of deadline

Jun. 23, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Toil on a $34 billion budget package in Pennsylvania's Capitol is barreling into the final week of the fiscal year, as top lawmakers rush to wrap up closed-door budget talks, score some pet victories and send rank-and-filers home for the summer. The main objective is extending the...