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Utah city distributing bottled water due to contamination

Feb. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A Salt Lake City suburb is distributing bottled water to residents of approximately 600 homes in an area where tests show the city's tap water is contaminated with lead and copper. Sandy officials on Saturday said on Facebook that residents of the affected area shouldn't drink tap water...

Officials approve $10.8 million for marsh cleanup

Feb. 16, 2019 1:49 PM EST

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have released $10.8 million earmarked to clean up a marsh damaged by salt pollution over the last 50 years. Cleveland.com reports the state controlling board approved releasing the money for Mentor Marsh in Lake County this week. Funding for the project comes from the...

Flooding from storm runoff damages forest recreational sites

Feb. 16, 2019 11:44 AM EST

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino National Forest officials say recent flooding from storm runoff in the Sedona area of north-central Arizona damaged and closed campgrounds and day-use areas along creeks in the Red Rock Ranger District. Forest officials say rapidly flowing water spread debris, knocked over...

Massachusetts eyeing more renewable energy-friendly future

Feb. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — With steps big and small, Massachusetts is moving toward a more environmentally friendly future in which the state will rely increasingly on renewable energy. One step came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for what he described as eight...

Illinois EPA shuts sterilization facility due to pollution

Feb. 15, 2019 11:03 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago plant that sterilizes medical instruments with a chemical believed to be cancer causing has been shut by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The state EPA announced late Friday it issued a seal order for Sterigenics U.S. in Willowbrook. The agency said...

EPA hits chemical maker for not notifying on new compounds

Feb. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A chemical maker's North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said this week. The Chemours Co. also failed to provide information...

Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

Feb. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris in orbit, hundreds of miles above Earth. The University of Surrey's Guglielmo Aglietti said Friday that the...

Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

Feb. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin's new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states' border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago's...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Feb. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system...

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

Feb. 14, 2019 6:07 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire the...