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In this handout photo provided by the Russian Marine Rescue Service, rescuers work to prevent the spread of an oil spill outside Norilsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in a region of Siberia after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways.(Russian Marine Rescue Service via AP)

Putin chastises Russian tycoon over massive Arctic oil spill

Jun. 5, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday chastised the billionaire owner of a nickel giant for negligence resulting in a massive fuel oil spill that has inflicted huge damage on a fragile Arctic region. An estimated 20,000 tons of diesel oil spilled into the Ambarnaya River last Friday from...

Ocean shellfish harvesting on hold for now in New Hampshire

Jun. 5, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services closed the ocean coastline to shellfish harvesting for now over concerns about a toxin. Officials said the action is in response to very high levels of a microscopic marine algae that's capable of producing domoic acid, which...

Arson suspect held after wildfire briefly threatens homes

Jun. 5, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of setting a half-dozen spot fires in San Jose on Thursday was detained as firefighters worked to corral a blaze that briefly threatened homes, authorities said. The fires were reported at around 6 p.m. in the dry Santa Teresa foothills near a water treatment plant....

Groups seek to stop copper mine near popular Montana river

Jun. 4, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups want a Montana court to cancel the approval of a long-disputed copper mine that they say would pollute a tributary of one of the state's most popular recreational rivers. Montana Trout Unlimited and other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging state officials...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo a person walks past a storm drain with discarded gloves and other trash in Philadelphia. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains

Jun. 4, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water...

This 2002 photo provided by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a close up view of a

Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean 'snot palaces'

Jun. 3, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them — all from snot coming out of their heads. And when these delicate mucus homes get clogged, the tadpole-looking...

Dead zone prediction: Larger than average; not near record

Jun. 3, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger than average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday. But the predicted area for an area with too little oxygen for...

Police: 1 person died after kayak overturned on James River

Jun. 3, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — One person died and several others were rescued after their kayaks overturned on the James River in western Virginia. The News & Advance in Lynchburg reports that the incident happened Sunday near Balcony Falls, which is by the western edge of Amherst and Bedford counties. ...

House panel passes bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House panel on Tuesday passed a bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built. Decentralized wastewater systems are often used where municipal sewers are not...

Maryland reports thousands of algae-related fish deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Environment is reporting that thousands of fish have died in some of the state's waterways. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the large fish kills are related to this year’s particularly intense bloom of algae. Department spokesman Jay...