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New Hampshire landfill expansion hearing

Dec. 6, 2019 10:51 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents attended a public hearing to voice their objections to a 5.71-acre expansion of a local landfill. North County Environmental Services is seeking a modification to its permit that could potentially accommodate a million tons of waste. The parent company behind...

No excessive radiation at Detroit River aggregate spill site

Dec. 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

Tests at a Michigan industrial site where limestone construction aggregate recently spilled into the Detroit River turned up no indication of excessive radiation levels, a state agency reported Friday. Staffers with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy inspected the Detroit Bulk Storage property...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes

Dec. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce legislation help to settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The bill would quantify the tribes' water rights on and off the reservation and pay $1.9 billion to settle their...

Yamhill County approves marijuana facility over objections

Dec. 6, 2019 10:53 AM EST

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — Planning commissioners in Yamhill County, Oregon, have approved a controversial proposed hemp and marijuana processing facility. KOIN reports the facility will be located 12 minutes outside downtown Newberg. Many members of the public are concerned about livability, water usage, odors,...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

Study says warming world could devastate fisheries, reefs

Dec. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050. The report to be published Friday on sidelines of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid says...

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...