Latest Pollution News

No clean-up of nuclear leak in South Carolina for years

Aug. 17, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) — Federal regulators say Westinghouse Electric Co. has no plans to clean a plume of uranium under its nuclear fuel factory despite evidence it could reach South Carolina's water supply. Instead, Westinghouse wants a new 40-year extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, even...

Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

Aug. 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution. The Post and Courier newspaper reports Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston...

Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festival

Aug. 16, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam. "We are still in shock," the band said in a statement on its...

One of world's top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

Aug. 16, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle. The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Trudy Paap, a forest pathologist at the University...

Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom

Aug. 15, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic. Kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on...

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...

The Latest: State of emergency as Florida battles algae

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Red Ride 5:15 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency across parts of Florida that have been overrun by a toxic algae bloom that is killing fish and emptying beaches and restaurants. Scott is ordering $100,000 for additional scientists to help with...

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

Aug. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking...

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...

Yosemite to reopen Tuesday, 14 days after blaze choked air

Aug. 10, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season, officials said Friday. "This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history, and we are thrilled to welcome back visitors to Yosemite Valley and...