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Environmental groups want ruling on coal ash water pollution

Apr. 19, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee environmental groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution from a coal ash dump. The groups sued to force the Tennessee Valley Authority to clean up coal ash pits at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. Court...

Climate change and pollution delay move of captive dolphins

Apr. 19, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — An aquarium in Maryland has been looking to build a refuge in the tropics for its captive dolphins. But it's having trouble finding the right location because of pollution and warming waters from climate change. The Baltimore Sun reports that the seven bottlenose dolphins live at the...

Honeywell to clean up chemical pollution in North Carolina

Apr. 19, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've reached a proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant near the Cape Fear River. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Thursday that the settlement was reached with...

School districts receiving funds to replace aging buses

Apr. 19, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say five school districts will receive $231,237 to reduce diesel emissions from their school bus fleets. Officials say the funds were made available through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality's Clean Diesel Program and the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act....

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Italian shipping firm fined $4M in US waste oil dumping case

Apr. 17, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

An Italian shipping company admitted in the U.S. to dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea rather than paying to dispose of them properly, and will pay a $4 million fine. U.S. authorities in New Jersey say d'Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newark to violating the Act to Prevent...

Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites

Apr. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites and endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic...

Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud in Germany

Apr. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others with fraud in the emissions cheating scandal that has helped turn many Europeans against diesel engines and accelerated the push toward electric cars. Prosecutors said Monday that Winterkorn knew...

Kentucky gets grant to help clean up petroleum contamination

Apr. 15, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant to help Kentucky clean up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. Last fiscal year, Kentucky officials reported 109 new confirmed discharges, 162 cleanups completed and 636...

Volkswagen unveils fully-electric SUV for China market

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometers...