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FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups told The Associated Press.(Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Opposition team criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel

Sep. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups said Monday....

This Sept. 14, 2020 photo shows shows a Duke Energy natural gas-fired electric power plant on Sutton Lake in Wilmington, N.C. It went online in 2013 and replaced a coal-fired plant that had polluted the lake with coal ash. Sutton Lake is among a number of man-made reservoirs in the U.S. that environmentalists say will lose federal protection from pollution under a Trump administration revision of the Clean Water Act that took effect this year. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

Sep. 27, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek near the coastal city of Wilmington. It would provide a source of steam to generate electricity and a place to cool hot water from an adjacent coal-fired plant....

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

A laboratory assistant holds sewage samples collected from Utah State University dormitory's Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. About 300 students are quarantined to their rooms this week, but not because anyone got sick or tested positive. Instead, the warning bells came from the sewage. Colleges around the country are monitoring wastewater in hopes of stopping coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand. Utah State became at least the second school to quarantine hundreds of students after sewage tests detected the virus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Colleges combating coronavirus turn to stinky savior: sewage

Sep. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University: COVID-19 had been detected at his dorm. Within 10 minutes, he dropped the crepes he was making and was whisked away by bus to a testing site. “We didn’t...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, front, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in San Diego. The U.S. government announced work has begun to stop a decades-old problem of millions of gallons of sewage from Tijuana, Mexico, flowing into the United States and polluting the waves where Southern California meets the border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Work starts to stop sewage flows into California from Mexico

Sep. 2, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Work has begun to stop a decades-old problem of millions of gallons of sewage from Tijuana, Mexico, flowing into the United States and polluting San Diego County beaches, the Trump administration's top environmental protection official said Wednesday. For more than 40 years, wastewater...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

Sep. 2, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are investigating the spilling of pollutants into the Seine River from a plant run by one of the world's biggest cement makers, LafargeHolcim, officials said Wednesday. The company blamed a “malicious act” by someone who deliberately damaged a protective panel,...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take...

People disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Nearly 500K register for free tests in Hong Kong

Aug. 30, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities say nearly half a million people have registered for a free universal coronavirus testing program that is due to begin Tuesday. Residents registering online have already booked out 80 testing sites located in gymnasiums and community centers for the initial day of the...

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

Aug. 14, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future. Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a region that's...