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Judge to rule if coal ash cleanup can be paid by power bills

Nov. 24, 2020 9:56 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge is considering arguments in a case challenging whether customers should have to pay to clean up Georgia Power Co.'s coal ash ponds. The Sierra Club has sued, challenging the decision by the state Public Service Commission last year to require customers to pay the $525 million...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

Wisconsin high school students take aim at light pollution

Nov. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. (AP) — Joe Murphy and Melynna Arreola-Quiroga are concerned about how light pollution affects human health, animals and boating safety. The Badger High School students are part of a small group of Walworth County teens working to defend the night sky. More than a year ago, they joined...

FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. Officials announced the settlement Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, which must be approved by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 million

Nov. 17, 2020 10:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, who were harmed by lead-tainted water now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday. The lawsuit was the result of workers following state environmental officials’ advice not to...

Skowhegan still under do-not-drink order for water

Nov. 17, 2020 11:20 AM EST

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Residents of Skowhegan, Maine, are still under a do-not-drink order from the local water district that stretched into a fifth day on Tuesday. The order was issued late Thursday evening for all 6,000 residents following reports of a strange order and taste from water coming out of...

Fort Wayne sewage tunnel on track despite year of challenges

Nov. 15, 2020 9:25 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A deep rock tunnel being built beneath Fort Wayne to catch sewage overflows is still on schedule to open in Indiana’s second-largest city in 2023 despite what officials say has been a year of challenges that included the coronavirus pandemic. Work on the 5-mile-long...

Maine officials say water not safe to drink for 6,000

Nov. 13, 2020 4:52 PM EST

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine told 6,000 residents not to drink water from their faucets following a report of a strange odor and taste. The Maine Water Company was notifying customers in Skowhegan on Thursday not to drink or consume the water, WABI-TV reported. Officials said they...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2014 file photo shows a stream flowing through the New Jersey Pinelands region in Lakehurst, N.J. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, New Jersey officials sued three companies, demanding that they clean up chemical contamination of the environment, including waterways, in West Deptford and Edgewater, in an effort to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by so-called “forever chemicals” used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

New Jersey sues 3 firms over chemicals in drinking water

Nov. 10, 2020 5:39 PM EST

New Jersey is upping its efforts to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by substances including so-called “forever chemicals,” used to stain-proof clothing and produce nonstick cookware, that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. The state Attorney General's...

Court puts hold on new permits for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Nov. 10, 2020 5:00 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court put a hold on newly issued permits that would have allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross bodies of water. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a full stay after hearing oral arguments in the morning from environmental groups concerned...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, pieces of stag horn coral are shown growing in Nova Southeastern University's offshore coral reef nursery in about 22-feet of water, near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A first of its kind assessment of the United States' coral reefs is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world's oceans amid persistent threats from human activity and climate change. The report was released Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Maryland. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Report sounds an alarm on ongoing decline of US coral reefs

Nov. 10, 2020 4:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world's oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity...