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Quality of Mississippi prison water at center of dispute

Sep. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longstanding problems with water and sewer systems are endangering inmates' health at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, two groups said Friday. Southern Poverty Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council said state agencies...

Whitmer proposes spending $200M to replace lead water pipes

Sep. 08, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed spending $200 million in federal pandemic relief funding to replace lead water pipes across Michigan, where aging underground infrastructure was exposed by Flint's disaster. The plan, if approved by the...

Wolf needs to score bigger climate victories, activists say

Sep. 03, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has notched perhaps his biggest victory in his strategy to fight climate change in Pennsylvania, but climate-change activists still see his record as full of contradictions and suggest he has enough time left in office to score farther-reaching...

EPA bans pesticide linked to health problems in children

Aug. 18, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

The Biden administration said Wednesday it was banning use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide long targeted by environmentalists, on food crops because it poses risks to children and farm workers. The Environmental Protection Agency acted after a federal appeals...

US automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles

Aug. 05, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the U.S. must “move fast” to win the world's carmaking future, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a commitment from the auto industry to produce electric vehicles for as much as half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. Biden...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 21, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. July 16, 2021. Editorial: Another case showing coal’s decline The coal-fired Mitchell Power Plant, in Marshall County, likely will stay open and economically viable until at least 2028. That’s longer than a lot of coal...

EPA orders Clarksburg to provide clean water amid lead cases

Jul. 15, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency ordered officials in Clarksburg, West Virginia to provide a clean source of drinking water or filters to remove lead from tap water after elevated levels of the toxin were found. The EPA said conditions...

Climate activists hail Dem budget spending on clean energy

Jul. 14, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental groups hailed a sweeping $3.5 trillion domestic spending plan announced by Democrats, saying it would make “transformational investments” in clean energy and jobs and put the nation on a path to cut greenhouse emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The plan...