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Volunteers to gather for Connecticut River basin cleanup

Sep. 23, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of volunteers are expected to gather along the banks of the Connecticut River in four states later this week to pick up tons of trash. The Connecticut River Conservancy's 22nd annual Source to Sea Cleanup is scheduled to start Friday and continue Saturday. Organizers...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power...

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V....

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Sep. 20, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

Former consultant gets prison sentence in kickbacks scheme

Sep. 19, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former political consultant has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for her role in a kickbacks scheme involving a not-for-profit corporation that oversaw Newark's water services. Dianthe Martinez-Brooks was sentenced Tuesday. The 48-year-old West Orange residents had...

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

Sep. 18, 2018 11:25 PM EDT

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals...

State gives notice on hog farm permit near Buffalo River

Sep. 18, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State environmental regulators have issued public notice of a draft decision that would deny a permit for a large hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed. The draft notice issued Monday by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality opens a public comment period on the...

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

Sep. 17, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed,...

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

Sep. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey went offline at noon Monday, powering down...