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FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Brennan dredging units work on the Fox River near Ashwaubenon, Wis., as part of the PCB removal project. A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly. The proposals up for a vote Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called to address growing concerns about groundwater contamination in the state. (H. Marc Larson/The Green Bay Press-Gazette via AP, File)

Wisconsin Assembly passes bipartisan water quality bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed $10 million package of 13 bills designed to combat groundwater contamination on Tuesday, with lawmakers calling it a good start but not enough to address the persistent and growing problem. Ten of the 13 bills passed unanimously. Despite the broad support,...

Texas co. to pay $2.4M penalty for ND oil terminal violation

Feb. 18, 2020 5:56 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas company and its subsidiaries will pay a $2.4 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for a crude oil transloading facility the companies formerly owned and operated on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the U.S. Environmental...

Energy company agrees to pay $2.6M for refinery violations

Feb. 18, 2020 12:38 PM EST

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — An oil and gas company has agreed to pay $2.6 million in fines for air pollution violations at a refinery in Ohio, according to court documents. Federal agencies found longstanding pollution and record-keeping violations at the BP-Husky refinery in Oregon, according to a Jan. 29...

In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a man leaves a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan carrying his groceries in a plastic bag. New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1, 2020, implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution. But some worry the state's new regulations include a loophole that could potentially allow stores to phase in plastic bags thick enough to be considered multiuse. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Some worry if New York's coming plastic bag ban is enough

Feb. 17, 2020 3:41 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough. The law bars many types of...

Residents concerned about possible pollution from quarry

Feb. 16, 2020 10:12 AM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Some residents are concerned about possible pollution as an Alabama company plans a quarry in the Opelika area. Florence-based Creekwood Resources recently submitted applications for air and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, The Opelika-Auburn News reported. One...

Groups challenge Louisiana permits for plastics plant

Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

Environmental and community groups that want to keep a Taiwanese company's plastics complex out of south Louisiana went to court Friday to challenge state air quality permits. The groups include those that sued in federal court last month to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers' permits for the Formosa Plastics...

Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, strict pollution diet

Feb. 14, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, stricter pollution diet to fight back against the toxic algae blooms that have flourished for more than a decade, environmental regulators said Thursday. The state intends to establish a plan to reduce runoff that's feeding the outbreaks by limiting...

File---Picture taken on Nov.4, 2019 shows the VW logo on a car at a VW factory opening ceremony for electric cars in Zwickau,  Germany. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Volkswagen offers 830 mln-euro diesel settlement in Germany

Feb. 14, 2020 10:23 AM EST

Automaker Volkswagen has offered 830 million euros as a settlement for owners of diesel vehicles that used software to mask excessive emissions. The company said Friday it was making the offer after talks broke down with a German consumer association that had been negotiating for a deal over fees for the...

FILE - In this Friday Jan. 7, 2011, file photo, water flows from a water fountain at the Boys and Girls Club in Concord, N.H. The New Hampshire Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, to several bills meant to address concerns about contamination in the state's drinking water from a class of toxic chemicals known collectively as PFAS. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

New Hampshire Senate supports tough PFAS standards

Feb. 13, 2020 3:26 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to several bills meant to address concerns about contamination from a class of toxic chemicals in New Hampshire's drinking water. The chamber unanimously voted to put into law the standards that were put forth last year by the state...

New Mexico delegates demand help to clean contaminated water

Feb. 12, 2020 6:12 PM EST

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Wednesday demanded the U.S. Defense Department help with drinking water cleanup in eastern New Mexico after traces of a cancer-causing pollutant were found in some wells. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with U.S. Rep....