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Food waste becomes California's newest climate change target

Dec. 09, 2021 00:07 AM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won't have a place in California trashcans under the nation's largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that's set to take effect in January. The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most...

Fire at recycling facility sends plume of smoke over Boston

Dec. 08, 2021 14:42 PM EST

EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — A fire at a metal recycling facility in a Boston suburb sent a plume of dark gray smoke that could be seen for miles over the city on Wednesday morning and prompted a hazardous materials team to respond. The fire at the Schnitzer Northeast facility in Everett...

Dover, metal recycler reach settlement over water pollution

Dec. 08, 2021 12:36 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The city of Dover says it reached a settlement with the metal recycler that was fined for polluting a key city aquifer, in which the company will pay more than $13 million to build and operate a new water treatment facility. The city council will vote on the...

Kentucky governor points to benefits of federal pandemic aid

Dec. 06, 2021 18:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Massive amounts of federal aid have given Kentucky a once-in-a-generation opportunity to guarantee basic necessities and build on economic momentum, showing the grassroots benefits that trump the partisan rancor over coronavirus pandemic relief, Gov. Andy Beshear said...

Mushrooms being tested for cleaning up contaminated soil

Dec. 06, 2021 01:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In the garage of a vacant farmhouse at the Marathon County landfill, mushrooms are growing in contaminated soil. The soil was the site of an oil spill in the Fox Valley. Plants won’t grow on it. It’s not safe to leave it. In fact, there’s not...

New Hampshire getting $72.6M to update water systems

Dec. 05, 2021 13:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will be getting $72.6 million from the federal infrastructure package to update wastewater and drinking water systems. The money also will be used to address PFAS and lead in New Hampshire water supplies. New...

Bradenton isn’t the 1st Florida city sued over sewage spills

Dec. 05, 2021 03:13 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The city of Bradenton could find itself in the same seat as other local governments that have been accused of breaking federal law with repeated sewage spills. Led by Suncoast Waterkeeper, several environmental conservation groups announced that...

EPA outlines $7.4B for water infrastructure headed to states

Dec. 02, 2021 15:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — States, Native American tribes and U.S. territories will receive $7.4 billion in 2022 to improve water quality and access, the first installment from the infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed into law last month, the Environmental Protection Agency said...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

The (Martinsburg) Journal. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: Jury decision rebukes pharmacies’ role in opioid crisis As it became increasingly evident that the opioid epidemic was sparked and fanned by “legal” drug dealers such as doctors, pain clinics...

Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans

Dec. 01, 2021 11:11 AM EST

America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report. The United States, the world’s top plastics waste producer, generates more...