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McLaren will pay $5M, not $20M, in Flint water settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A $641 million settlement with people affected by Flint's lead-contaminated water was reduced by $15 million Wednesday after a judge agreed that a hospital could cut its pledge. McLaren Health will pay $5 million instead of $20 million. It had the...

Montana reaches deal in Colstrip coal ash cleanup dispute

Oct. 20, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has reached a settlement with a coal plant operator that gives the company two years to come up with an alternative plan to clean up water polluted with coal ash. Ponds meant to contain the toxic ash from the Colstrip power...

Carbon dioxide underground storage project advances

Oct. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Plans for North Dakota's first carbon dioxide storage project are moving forward. State regulators granted several approvals Tuesday for the underground storage of carbon emissions from Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant near Richardton. ...

3M, Alabama communities reach $98M pollution settlement

Oct. 19, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — 3M will pay $98.4 million to settle lawsuits over contamination from its chemical plant along the Tennessee River in north Alabama under an agreement announced Tuesday. The agreement, reached through court-ordered mediation with local government...

Manatee deaths rise in Florida as pollutants kill seagrass

Oct. 19, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Manatees have starved to death by the hundreds along Florida’s east coast because algae blooms and contaminants are killing the seagrass the beloved sea mammals eat, a wildlife official told a House committee Tuesday. Seagrass has been...

Mills backs federal plan to tackle PFAS contamination

Oct. 19, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said the federal government is right to take a nationwide approach to the issue of PFAS contamination, which she called “a devastating problem” in her state. PFAS chemicals, which are short for perfluoroalkyl and...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. ...

Maryland urges limits to eating fish in creek due to PFAS

Oct. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is recommending people limit their consumption of certain fish in the Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County because of PFAS contamination. The Baltimore Sun reports it’s the first time the state has issued such an advisory. It's...

Strongest quake since volcano erupted shakes Spanish island

Oct. 14, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities said Thursday. The quake was one of around 60 recorded overnight, Spain’s National...

Appeal challenges slaughterhouse planned for Carson City

Oct. 13, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A former member of the Carson City Planning Commission has appealed the panel’s approval last month of a special use permit allowing the construction of a slaughterhouse along U.S. Highway 50 near the Carson City Airport. In the formal...