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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...

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...

Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape

Apr. 12, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — The submersible dropped from the ocean's surface faster than I had expected. With a loud "psssssss" the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft suddenly tilted forward. Within seconds, aquanaut Robert Carmichael and I were enveloped by a vibrant shade of...

EPA won't make GE restart Hudson dredging for now

Apr. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency declined for now to make General Electric restart dredging in the Hudson River, triggering a wave of condemnation Thursday from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from its industrial pollution remain too high. The EPA...

The Latest: Cuomo slams environment agency on Hudson cleanup

Apr. 11, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to hold General Electric accountable for cleaning...

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in US

Apr. 11, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she'll make a decision in June, and she...

Aegean Sea sees "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths

Apr. 8, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Aegean Sea has seen a "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, a Greek marine conservation group said Monday. The Archipelagos Institute said while it's still unclear what caused the deaths, the spike followed Turkey's largest-ever navy drills in the region...

Explorer to trace flow of plastics down 10 rivers into seas

Apr. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's oceans. Bellini said Thursday that he was inspired by a 2018 study by a German scientist that found 80% of plastic in the world's...

Ex-water plant owner admits discharging sewage into Potomac

Apr. 4, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The former owner of a West Virginia water treatment plant has admitted to discharging untreated sewage into the Potomac River. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced that Timothy Peer has admitted to violating the Clean Water Act. The 55-year-old Peer was the owner of the...