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FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Mar. 30, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction to hear the case because...

Oil industry cites virus in seeking broad pollution waivers

Mar. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a request from the oil and gas industry to ease enforcement of hazardous air and water pollution and other regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is drawing objections from public health...

Arabs urge Yemen's Houthis to allow UN to assess oil tanker

Mar. 19, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six Arab countries are urging the U.N. Security Council to exercise “maximum efforts” to persuade Yemen’s Houthi Shiite rebels to allow the United Nations to inspect a tanker moored in the Red Sea while loaded with over a million barrels to prevent...

In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a worker in a hazmat suit carries a hose while working at a water treatment facility at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Nine years ago, on March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami destroyed key cooling functions at the plant, causing a meltdown that leaked a massive amount of radiation and forcing some 160,000 residents to evacuate. About 40,000 of them still haven't returned. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Safety of Fukushima waste water focus of sea release debate

Mar. 10, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

OKUMA, Japan (AP) — Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors, making sure it's adequately — though not completely — treated. Three lines of equipment connected...

FILE – This Feb. 4, 2018, file photo shows Ray Kemble speaking with reporters outside the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose, Pa. Houston-based Cabot Oil Gas Corp pulled out of settlement talks aimed at resolving its $5 million lawsuit against Kemble whose drinking water was contaminated and who has spent years bashing the energy industry. Cabot says it pulled out of a settlement conference scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2020, because there has been no progress in talks. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam, File)

Gas driller pulls out of talks in $5M suit against resident

Mar. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EST

One of Pennsylvania’s largest gas drillers pulled out of settlement talks aimed at resolving its $5 million lawsuit against a resident whose drinking water was contaminated and who has spent years bashing the energy industry. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. sued Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his...

Michigan Supreme Court hears case over Flint water liability

Mar. 4, 2020 5:20 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers urged the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday to clear the way for Flint residents to sue state officials over lead-contaminated water. The case at the state's highest court is one of many in state and federal courts over the scandal. What's unique, however, is that it could break...

In this aerial photo, water is slowly draining from the freeway after a water main break east of the location flooded all lanes, closing the freeway in both directions, at the intersection of 610 and Clinton Drive, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in east Houston. Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on the flooded freeway. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston boil order lifted after water deemed to be safe

Feb. 29, 2020 1:55 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A boil order for most of Houston that was issued after a water main ruptured was lifted Saturday morning. City officials said test results reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showed that the water met regulatory standards and was safe to drink. The boil order was...

International company settles EPA water pollution lawsuit

Feb. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EST

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A manufacturer of commercial explosives will pay a $2.9 million civil penalty and make substantial improvements to plants in Missouri to settle a federal lawsuit contending it discharged excessive amounts of pollutants into two waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency sued Dyno...

In this aerial photo, water is slowly draining from the freeway after a water main break east of the location flooded all lanes, closing the freeway in both directions, at the intersection of 610 and Clinton Drive, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in east Houston. Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on the flooded freeway. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Water main break in Houston strands drivers, closes schools

Feb. 27, 2020 8:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on a flooded freeway and prompting emergency officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city to deploy tanker trucks to mitigate any fire...