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Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 10, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

Agency looking for chemicals gets samples in Michigan river

Aug. 9, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials are looking for chemicals in the Kalamazoo River near a city where residents are being given bottled water after contamination was found in their drinking water supply. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports officials collected 36 water...

EPA delists federal Superfund site in Washington state

Aug. 7, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A federal Superfund site in Vancouver, Washington, has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List. The Columbian reports the Frontier Hard Chrome site was delisted Monday after the EPA and state officials determined the site required no...

3 years after Colorado mine spill, victims awaiting payment

Aug. 3, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government still has not repaid any of the victims for the millions of dollars in economic damage they claimed. The EPA said this week it is making...

Coal ash cleanup order goes before federal appeals court

Aug. 2, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

An attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday described a judge's coal ash cleanup order as "wholly disproportionate to the scant evidence of harm" as a case that has drawn wide interest from states and business groups went before a federal appeals court. In his legal arguments before a panel of the...

Report: Keystone XL would have no major impact on Nebraska

Jul. 30, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new planned route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state's water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study produced by the Trump administration. The U.S. State Department released a draft study Monday of the...

Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

Jul. 28, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last month to...

Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

Jul. 28, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last month to...