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Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 11, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this year's bloom to rank among...

Jim Beam to be fined for bourbon fire that hurt rivers, fish

Jul. 11, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say Jim Beam will be fined for the warehouse fire that contaminated nearby waters with bourbon and killed fish. Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura tells WKYT-TV that there will be a penalty. He says the state Department of Fish & Wildlife...

Woman in Nebraska dies when her vehicle is swept by flooding

Jul. 10, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A woman has died after her vehicle was swept away by rushing water in flooded south-central Nebraska, making her the first death attributed to the flooding this week. News of the death Wednesday came as authorities expressed concern that runoff from heavy rains moving down several...

Lawyer who took on DuPont has book coming out

Jul. 10, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A top environmental lawyer, the inspiration for a film starring Mark Ruffalo, has a book coming about his 20-year battle with DuPont. Rob Bilott's "Exposure" is scheduled for release in October. Bilott had been representing corporations when he was contacted in 1998 by a West Virginia...

Bourbon spill from fire making way to Ohio River

Jul. 8, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River. State environmental officials say they're assessing wildlife impacts and doing fish kill counts along the waterways near the Woodford County facility. The...

Experts warn of 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

Jul. 6, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the...

Fire destroys Jim Beam warehouse, bourbon flows into river

Jul. 3, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fire destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon in Kentucky, and state officials worried that runoff whiskey seeping into nearby waterways would kill fish. Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday....

US won't impose rule to protect against coal ash spill costs

Jul. 2, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won't require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash releases contaminating rivers and aquifers. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Tuesday...

Report: 174 dolphins died from red tide bloom off Florida

Jun. 28, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said. Figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed 174 dolphins were stranded in a mass die-off between last July and last...