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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...

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...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

Foam blankets a portion of the Pinheiros River in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Affected by domestic sewage and solid wastes discharges for years, Sao Paulo's state government is again trying to clean the Pinheiros River, considered one of the most polluted in Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

In Brazil's richest city, works to clean a filthy river

Oct. 23, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Pinheiros River that runs through the heart of Sao Paulo makes its pollution known with a miasma that wafts across city streets, choking rich and poor alike. It’s an unwelcome feature of the city that is also Brazil’s wealthiest and the financial heart of Latin America. ...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices enveloped protesters and bystanders in aerosolized compounds that then settled on the ground and wound up washed into storm drains. Test samples from those storm drains have turned up heavy metals and chemicals at much higher levels than samples collected from control sites elsewhere. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

Oct. 20, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains. Amid allegations that human health and the environment are suffering the...