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Efforts underway to curb contamination in Michigan stream

Sep. 24, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — A company says it's taking steps to reduce contamination in a stream that feeds a southeastern Michigan river that's been the subject of health advisories . The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently confirmed that an industrial wastewater customer in Wixom was the source...

Protests, pleas expected at hearing on Trump fuel rollback

Sep. 24, 2018 1:04 AM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation's worst air pollution. The daylong session in Fresno on Monday is the...

Toxic algae found in Colorado reservoir

Sep. 23, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

GUNNISON, Colo. (AP) — The National Park Service says unsafe levels of a type of algae that can be harmful to humans have been found in the water of a central Colorado reservoir. Park officials said they detected the presence of toxins that can be produced by algae blooms in water samples taken from Blue...

U of Vermont students hold climate action rally

Sep. 23, 2018 9:12 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — University of Vermont students are holding a rally for climate action. Organizers say the goal is to discuss what Vermont colleges and high schools are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to lead on climate education by example. Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and...

Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Sep. 23, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Porsche's chief executive says the sports car maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its...

Small towns trade farmland for residential development

Sep. 22, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

Driving along Route 47 in Kane County, Illinois, corn and soybean fields are dotted with signs advertising the amenities of burgeoning communities. The billboards boast quality schools, tennis courts and swimming pools. Juvenile trees offer little shade on winding lanes and cul-de-sacs. In these new developments,...

Report: Missouri landfill emissions once posed health risks

Sep. 21, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emissions near a troubled St. Louis County landfill once posed health concerns for workers and nearby residents, but the risks have largely disappeared thanks to cleanup efforts, according to a state report released Friday. The report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior...

Tonawanda Coke to remain open with additional monitoring

Sep. 21, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An industrial plant on probation for felony clean air violations avoided the government's attempt to idle it Friday over excessive smokestack emissions that nearby residents say are making them sick. U.S. District Judge William Skretny instead strengthened the conditions of Tonawanda...

Research center gets $6.9M grant to study red tide

Sep. 21, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A nonprofit research center in Massachusetts has received a $6.9 million grant to study the toxic algae bloom known as red tide. The Cape Cod Times reports the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences recently awarded the Woods Hole...

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

Sep. 20, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year. A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out...