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Chemicals contaminating US water supplies focus of EPA plan

Feb. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

Feb. 11, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...

Brazil institute: Potential health crisis from dam breach

Feb. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's leading research institute warned Tuesday of a potential health crisis from the failure of a dam in Minas Gerais state, which unleased a flood of muddy mining waste that killed at least 134 people. Fiocruz said the contamination of the ecosystem and the nearby Paraopeba River...

Michigan governor revamps environmental agency after Flint

Feb. 4, 2019 4:09 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took steps Monday to restructure and rename the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will become the Department of...

Families dig to find loved ones in Brazil dam collapse

Jan. 30, 2019 5:00 PM EST

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding back...

AP Explains: What are dangers of mining waste in Brazil?

Jan. 28, 2019 7:59 PM EST

As rescuers in Brazil search for survivors of a dam collapse, questions abound about the health and environmental risks of the thick, brown, metal-laden mine waste that flowed over buildings. The accident comes after the United Nations and others warned that dam failures in the mining industry are becoming...

Navy denies claims linked to contaminated water

Jan. 24, 2019 5:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is denying thousands of claims from service members and their families who were exposed to contaminated drinking water decades ago at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told reporters Thursday that at least 4,400 claims totaling $963 billion are...

Northam announces coal ash clean up agreement

Jan. 24, 2019 3:21 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest electric utility is backing a plan to excavate coal ash from unlined ponds after arguing for years that leaving the heavy metal-laden waste product in place was the best option. Gov. Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced an agreement Thursday to...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Detroit amid auto show

Jan. 15, 2019 9:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil-water advisory for downtown Detroit and nearby areas following a weekend water main break . The affected area included hotels and the Cobo Center, where the annual North American International Auto Show opened Monday for news media from around the world. Drinking...