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Floodwater reaches the bottom of a stop sign, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

May. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...

Report: Chemical firm Chemours won't face federal charges

May. 19, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a chemical company that for years discharged compounds with health risks that aren't fully understood into a North Carolina river, the company disclosed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Natural...

3 Gulf Coast states get $88 million for fisheries flooding

May. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three Gulf Coast states are getting more than $88 million in fisheries disaster funds for damage from last year’s flooding, which included an unprecedented two openings of a spillway west of New Orleans. “These funds will help industries and individuals recover from this...

FILE - In this March 28, 2005 file photo a sign posted outside a water well indicates perchlorate contamination at the site in Rialto, Calif. The Environmental Protection Agency has said since last year it is considering four options for dealing with perchlorate contamination in drinking water, including not adopting any regulation at all. EPA spokeswoman Corry Schiermeyer denied reports that the Trump administration had decided to go with the do-nothing option. She confirmed, however, that the agency expected to send a recommendation to the White House Office of Management and Budget “shortly.”  (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

EPA: Still deciding on contaminant that lowers kids' IQs

May. 14, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to drop any federal regulation of a water contaminant shown to damage infant brains would translate to lower IQs and other problems for an unknown number of American babies, pediatrician and public health groups say. The EPA has said since last...

FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, an oil rig stands against the setting sun in Midland, Texas. Texas regulators are relaxing rules about where companies can store oil underground, raising concern among environmentalists about potential groundwater contamination and other dangers. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman, File)

Texas eases underground oil storage rules, raising concerns

May. 5, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas regulators are relaxing rules about where companies can store oil underground, raising concern among environmentalists about potential groundwater contamination and other dangers. The members of the Railroad Commission of Texas voted Tuesday to allow companies to store oil underground...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a tree blooms outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday, April 23, that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Supreme Court rejects EPA's narrow view of Clean Water Act

Apr. 23, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways. Rejecting the Trump...

In this Friday, April 17, 2020, photo, distant hills and a water body are clearly visible during lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus in Dharmsala, India. India’s extended lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak has shut down schools, workplaces, industries, transport, and forced people to stay home. It also led to an unexpected bonus in the country with six out of 10 of the world's most polluted cities: cleaner air. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Lockdown reveals fresh air, cleaner rivers in India

Apr. 22, 2020 5:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s extended lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak has shut down schools, workplaces, industries, transport, and forced people to stay home. It also led to an unexpected bonus in the country with six out of 10 of the world's most polluted cities: cleaner air. “It is...

FILE- In this Feb. 6, 1969, file photo, state forestry conservation crews gather up oil-soaked straw on a beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fifty years after the first Earth Day helped spur activism over air and water pollution and disappearing plants and animals, significant improvements are undeniable but monumental challenges remain. Minority communities suffer disproportionately from ongoing contamination. Deforestation, habitat loss and overfishing have wreaked havoc on global biodiversity. And the existential threat of climate change looms large. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)

As Earth Day turns 50, green movement faces fresh challenges

Apr. 21, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gina McCarthy remembers the way things used to be: Tar balls clinging to her legs after swimming in Boston Harbor. The Merrimack River colored bright blue and green by textile mill chemicals. Black smoke everywhere. Kim Wasserman worries about what it's like today: Hundreds of diesel trucks...

FILE - In this March 24, 2017 file photo, a lone woman walks the trail along Lake Michigan at Chicago' North Avenue beach. Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to quicken cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday, April, 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species

Apr. 9, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday. Lawmakers last fall put $320 million into the 2020...