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FILE - This March 10, 2015, file photo, shows the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon, Calif. California will need to spend $650 million to clean up the heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Southern California, has less than half the money in hand, and is behind its estimated schedule for removing dangerous lead dust affecting 100,000 nearby residents, the state auditor said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Audit pans California's lead cleanup at Exide battery plant

Oct. 27, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will need to spend $650 million to clean up a heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Southern California, but has less than half the money in hand and is behind its estimated schedule for removing dangerous lead dust affecting 100,000 nearby residents, the...

Contaminated soil delays Juneau arts institute construction

Oct. 7, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A discovery of contaminated soil has delayed construction of a new arts center in Alaska's capital city. The contamination may affect the target date to complete Sealaska Heritage Institute’s future arts campus in downtown Juneau, KTOO Public Media reported Tuesday....

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launch of the Mining and Development Program, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil president calls Biden's Amazon comments 'disastrous'

Sep. 30, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday attacked U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying the South American nation should suffer “significant economic consequences” if devastation of the Amazon rainforest continues. Biden said during Tuesday’s...

Chemical company to pay $11M for cleanup of toxic site

Sep. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

A chemical production company will pay $11.3 million for the cleanup of a Superfund site in Gloucester County, New Jersey, under a consent decree reached in federal court with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Hercules Inc. will implement a 2018 EPA plan to excavate four feet (1.2 meters) of...

People celebrate in front of the Sendai High Court after the court's ruling on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster in Sendai, northern Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The court on Wednesday found negligence by the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in failing to take tsunami measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to jointly pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost livelihoods. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN via AP)

Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smear

Sep. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro's critics...

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the EU Commission, speaks at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, following the informal talks of the EU Trade Ministers on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.  (Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via AP)

Key EU states worry South America trade pact may hurt Amazon

Sep. 21, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries remained divided Monday on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal drafted last year with South American countries because of concerns related to the Amazon deforestation and the respect of European standards. Speaking at an informal meeting of the 27-nation...

Fishermen ply their trade in the Tapajos river in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The riverside region dubbed

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

Sep. 20, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink...

Indictment: city illegally dug up lead-laden soil from range

Sep. 17, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The public works director of a North Carolina city has been indicted in federal court on charges his department illegally transported hazardous waste from the city's shooting range. Federal prosecutors in Charlotte say David Lutz, 64, of Pisgah Forest, illegally had his workers dig...

RI finds toxins in soil at highway construction site

Sep. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have found toxins in soil brought in by a contractor building highway interchange in Providence and have ordered its removal. Samples taken from the soil at the construction site at the interchange between Routes 6 and 10 contained elevated levels of...