Latest Pollution News

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 15, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Deadline soon for Volkswagen settlement money in Maine

Nov. 15, 2019 12:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline is nearing for Maine government agencies and private businesses to apply for money stemming from Volkswagen’s environmental settlement concerning a diesel emissions scandal. The state government of Maine has announced plans to distribute about $3 million from the...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Radiation leads to demolition of Missouri’s Pickard Hall

Nov. 14, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA ,Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri plans to demolish a building that has been on campus for 127 years after unsuccessful attempts to cleanup radioactive contamination. The university announced Thursday that Pickard Hall will be coming down. The Columbia Missourian reports work to raze the...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

Vermont awards more than $1 million to phosphorus projects

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Five Vermont groups are sharing more than $1 million to use phosphorus recovery technologies as the state works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain and other waterways. It’s part of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge announced last year to...

Springfield is getting 2 electric-powered transit buses

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield is getting two electric-powered transit buses and could get more if they perform as expected. The Springfield News-Leader reports that City Utilities says the buses will arrive in Springfield by the end of 2020. Transit director Matt Crawford says the buses will help the...

More than 12,000 gallons oil spilled in Williams County

Nov. 14, 2019 9:43 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials have given an estimate on how much oil was spilled from a pipeline leak in Williams County last month. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality says an estimated 12,432 gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline operated by Hiland Crude about a mile northeast of...