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EPA rejects challenge of pesticide linked to brain damage

Jul. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a key legal challenge Thursday to a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, saying environmental groups had failed to prove that a ban was warranted. The agency's defense of continued use of the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos could...

It's an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

Jul. 18, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's an orangutan! The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan to longtime inhabitant Feliz and Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall. The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and by destruction of the forests where they live....

New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFAS

Jul. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has voted to put into place some of the country's toughest drinking water standards for a class of toxic chemicals that were once used in everything from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware but are now raising health concerns. A joint legislative committee Thursday...

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...

Swimming OK in New York portions of Greenwood Lake

Jul. 18, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — There's some partially good news at a lake along the New York and New Jersey border that's been affected by a harmful algal bloom. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that New York portions of Greenwood Lake are currently safe for swimming. In New...

The heat goes on: June toastiest on record, July may follow

Jul. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century...

Ozone pollution advisory issued Thursday for metro Phoenix

Jul. 18, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For the third time in eight days, environmental regulators have issued an ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix. The advisory was issued because the Phoenix area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Thursday. Ozone pollution advisories also were issued on...

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

Jul. 17, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and...

Sterigenics to reopen plant after adding emission equipment

Jul. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced Wednesday. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and DuPage County...

Coal-fired plant in southwest Colorado will shut down early

Jul. 17, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NUCLA, Colo. (AP) — The operators of a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Colorado say it will shut down early next year, nearly three years sooner than planned. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday that Nucla Station in the town of Nucla was scheduled to close in 2022 under a legal...