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Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa

Jun. 22, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

DOON, Iowa (AP) — A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil from into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said. BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said no one was...

N Carolina regulators deny Duke Energy rate increase request

Jun. 22, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators denied on Friday a request from Duke Energy to raise electric rates, ordered the utility to refund $60 million in deferred taxes to customers and fined it $70 million for the way it handled coal ash. Serving about 2 million customers, the Duke Energy Carolinas...

Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers say

Jun. 22, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The words blasted to cellphones around Oregon's capital city were ominous: "Civil emergency . prepare for action." Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn't impending violence but toxins from an algae bloom, detected in Salem's water supply. Across the...

Federal study: Chemicals toxic at levels EPA thought safe

Jun. 22, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances...

Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

Jun. 21, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor to protect U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth. Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama...

Lawsuit seeks protection for crayfish from coal mining

Jun. 21, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, according to a federal lawsuit from an environmental group. The Center for Biological Diversity alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is late in designating habitat areas for...

About 200 suspected poisoned by pesticides in Azerbaijan

Jun. 21, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Health officials in Azerbaijan say that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields. The prosecutor general's office says it's investigating the breach of safety regulations involving the use of pesticides in cotton harvesting. Health...

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

Jun. 20, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The chemicals are...

Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

Jun. 20, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America's political climate may have changed more than the Earth's over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: "I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought...

Report: Missouri creek contamination may raise cancer risks

Jun. 19, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A federal report says people who lived near or played in a contaminated St. Louis-area creek from the 1960s to the 1990s may have increased risk of developing cancer. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report Monday on cancer risks from exposure to...