Latest Pollution News

Exxon Mobil rolls out plan to cut emissions in Permian Basin

Dec. 06, 2021 17:03 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Exxon Mobil says it has a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in one of the most prolific oilfields in the United States, saying it hopes to achieve its net-zero goal for operations in the Permian Basin by 2030. The company made...

ArtPlace America shows why culture matters to communities

Dec. 06, 2021 15:37 PM EST

Sometime in the next few years, crews dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency will roll into Ashland, Massachusetts, population 19,000, and begin a $20.5 million cleanup of groundwater contaminated by waste from a chemical dye plant. That day will mark a victory for the town, where cancer...

Sunoco ordered to dredge lake, pay $4M over pipeline spill

Dec. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EST

A pipeline developer will dredge part of a contaminated lake and pay more than $4 million for spilling thousands of gallons of drilling fluids at a popular state park outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state officials announced Monday in a settlement that will allow construction to resume. ...

Union Pacific railroad works to cut its carbon emissions

Dec. 06, 2021 15:09 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific railroad plans to expand its use of renewable fuels and explore using battery-powered locomotives in the coming years to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Monday that it plans to cut its emissions of...

Hawaii leaders call on Navy to suspend fuel tank operations

Dec. 06, 2021 14:36 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s governor and congressional delegation have called on the Navy to suspend operations at World War II era fuel tank farm that sits above an aquifer that supplies water to urban Honolulu. The call from the elected leaders comes as Navy Secretary Carlos Del...

Mushrooms being tested for cleaning up contaminated soil

Dec. 06, 2021 01:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In the garage of a vacant farmhouse at the Marathon County landfill, mushrooms are growing in contaminated soil. The soil was the site of an oil spill in the Fox Valley. Plants won’t grow on it. It’s not safe to leave it. In fact, there’s not...

Bradenton isn’t the 1st Florida city sued over sewage spills

Dec. 05, 2021 03:13 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The city of Bradenton could find itself in the same seat as other local governments that have been accused of breaking federal law with repeated sewage spills. Led by Suncoast Waterkeeper, several environmental conservation groups announced that...

Protesters block roads in Serbia to criticize mining plans

Dec. 04, 2021 10:25 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Belgrade and other Serbian towns blocked main roads and bridges Saturday to decry a planned lithium mine despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the demonstrators. Blowing...

Vermont commits first $7M in state brownfields money

Dec. 04, 2021 10:05 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont has committed the first $7 million of a $25 million appropriation to help clean up 10 brownfield sites across the state. The funding represents the first time state dollars have been allocated to brownfield sites. ...

BP oil spill fund: $103M to projects in 3 Gulf states

Dec. 04, 2021 08:33 AM EST

Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. “These projects, combined with existing investments, continue to advance our goal of protecting and restoring species and...