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EPA to temporarily close Colorado mine bulkhead for study

Jul. 8, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to temporarily seal a bulkhead at one of the most polluted mines in a Colorado region as part of a study of the region's water. The EPA plans to close a bulkhead valve at the Red & Bonita Mine, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday....

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

In this undated photo provided by Biobot in June 2020 technicians take a sewage sample. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. And that can provide a valuable addition to public health tools, they say. (Biobot via AP)

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Jul. 6, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage. Yes, sewage. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak of the...

Cutter departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for last time

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time. The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola,...

Authorities say house fire likely set off by fireworks

Jul. 5, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — Firefighters in Harrisburg responded to a house fire set started by fireworks, authorities reported Sunday. No one was hurt in the fire that damaged one home, the Argus Leader reported. Lincoln County Emergency Management coordinator Harold Timmerman said that the homeowners told...

Vermont lake to be removed from impaired water list

Jul. 5, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — A northern Vermont lake that suffered many years of algae blooms and other challenges has improved to the point that it's being removed from Vermont’s impaired water list next month, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation said. Ticklenaked Pond in Caledonia County...

Michigan, EPA announce plan to clean up 'green ooze' site

Jul. 1, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Groundwater contamination at the former Electro-Plating services facility that was determined to be the source of a green ooze leak last year will be treated by injecting chemicals into the soil and treating the contaminants in place. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

This May 31, 2020 image shows a group of kayakers making their way down the Rio Grande between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers has decided to stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

Jun. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

New Hampshire House passes tough drinking water standards

Jun. 30, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

The New Hampshire House passed a bill Tuesday that would put into law some of country's toughest drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals and provides tens of millions of dollars to help communities in the state meet the rules. The House voted 210 to 116 on the standards put forth last year by the...