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Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

Jan. 17, 2020 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo a worker stocks a produce stand at a metro station in Atlanta. Throwing away food is throwing away money. And with most wasted food winding up in landfills, it’s not great for the environment, either. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Make this the year you stop wasting food (and money)

Jan. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Who hasn’t felt the shame of a refrigerator purge? You’re sentenced to face the forgotten leftovers, fuzzy produce and years-old salad dressing that you swear must have come with the fridge. But it didn’t. You paid money for all these things, and now you have to throw them away. Take heart....

Suspect in death of woman found at treatment plant arraigned

Jan. 16, 2020 8:43 AM EST

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with killing a 26-year-old woman whose body was found outside a wastewater treatment plant has been held without bail after pleading not guilty. Keith Hamel, 23, of Athol, was arraigned Wednesday in Franklin Superior Court in connection with the death of...

Recycling push by beverage companies starts in North Texas

Jan. 16, 2020 7:01 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — An initiative from three of America's biggest beverage companies that aims to improve the recycling and processing of plastic bottles is kicking off in North Texas with an investment of more than $3 million. The American Beverage Association announced Thursday that the Dallas-Fort Worth area...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

US nuclear waste dump takes in first large shipment in years

Jan. 15, 2020 12:33 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository has taken in its first large shipment in six years, following a process that involved recertification and retraining of workers. The shipment using a special large cask known as a Transuranic Package Transporter Model 3,...

Faulty valve blamed for North Dakota oil wastewater spill

Jan. 14, 2020 11:37 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State environmental officials say a spill of oilfield wastewater caused by a faulty valve has affected some pastureland in western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said the 12,180-gallon (46,000 liters) produced water spill happened on Saturday at a...

Pipeline leaks oilfield wastewater near Canadian border

Jan. 14, 2020 10:38 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline spill of oilfield wastewater has affected cropland in northwestern North Dakota. State environmental scientist Bill Suess said regulators were notified Monday of the 8,400 gallon (31,797 liter) pipeline leak in Renville County. The pipeline is operated by Wichita Falls,...

Vanderbilt University plans to divert 90 percent of waste

Jan. 14, 2020 5:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has committed to diverting 90% of its waste from the landfill by the year 2030. The university already diverts 47% of waste, according to a news release, but on Monday it announced plans to nearly double that number over the next decade. Proposed actions...