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Michigan Supreme Court enters Flint water litigation

May. 22, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in the months ahead in a major Flint water lawsuit. The court on Wednesday told lawyers to file briefs about a bushel of issues. They include whether Flint residents who consumed lead-contaminated water can claim a "violation of...

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Body found inside wastewater treatment plant identified

May. 22, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A coroner has identified a body found inside an eastern Indiana wastewater treatment plant. Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell said relatives of the man, 41-year-old Michael Donald Coates of Muncie, were notified of his death Wednesday. Police say the body was discovered Monday morning...

Sorting out recycling programs: Which ones work best?

May. 22, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

Changing markets and confusion over what can be thrown in recycling bins has forced some communities to rethink or even suspend their recycling programs. But many more recycling programs are working well, experts say. The difference is partly based on which methods are being used for collection and processing....

Another county wants moratorium on livestock feeding farms

May. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors added its voice to those calling for a moratorium on new livestock feeding operations. The board voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution that asks Gov. Kim Reynolds and state legislators to bar construction of new concentrated animal...

Alaska agency to ship water to city with contaminated wells

May. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

YAKUTAT, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to begin shipping water to a town where chemical contamination was found in area wells, officials said. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found in wells in Yakutat, CoastAlaska reported Tuesday. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities...

Lawsuit filed in connection with Mahomet Aquifer gas leak

May. 21, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

MAHOMET, Ill. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against a gas supplier in connection with a 2016 gas leak in central Illinois that contained private wells. The lawsuit filed in Champaign County Circuit Court accuses Peoples Gas of contaminating drinking water when a large amount of natural gas was...

Downpours, runoff lead to decline in Chesapeake Bay's health

May. 21, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The overall health of America's largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation washing more pollutants into the water, but scientists described the difficult year as a dip for the Chesapeake Bay and not a disaster. For an annual report card...

Crow Tribe lifts 'boil order' for Pryor water system

May. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crow tribal officials have lifted a boil order for the Pryor water system after finding no contamination. The order was put in place last week after electricity to the system was shut off because the tribe failed to pay its power bill. The pumps lost power, causing some distribution...

$26 million cleanup starting on contaminated Indiana canal

May. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana. The EPA says sediment will be dredged in Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana. Work is expected to be completed in 2020. The canal...