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In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, a sign marks the chemical junkyard run by the Chinese-led Dar Petroleum Operating Company in Gumry, near Paloch, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan buries reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 13, 2020 11:34 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press. The reports also describe alarming birth...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Hayo, chief of the Pataxo Ha-ha-hae indigenous community, walks toward the Paraopeba River days after the collapse of a mining company dam, near his village in Brumadinho, Brazil. Brazil said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 20120 that it has picked a former evangelical missionary to head a body assigned to protect indigenous tribes, raising concerns among human rights activists about the tribes' health and cultural identity.  (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil indigenous protest new gov't moves on their lands

Feb. 5, 2020 7:11 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's far-right government drew protests from indigenous groups Wednesday, first by naming a former evangelical missionary to head a department responsible for protecting uncontacted and recently contacted tribes and then proposing legislation that would allow mining in indigenous...

Federal agency delists former Superfund site in Montana

Feb. 4, 2020 5:32 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is removing a portion of a former wood-treatment facility in Montana from its list of Superfund sites, despite concerns. The agency and the state Department of Environmental Quality determined all the required cleanup of the...

3-vehicle crash stops traffic on Interstate 93 in Concord

Jan. 31, 2020 3:14 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A crash involving a dump truck, box truck and a pickup truck hauling a trailer shut down traffic for over an hour Friday on northbound Interstate 93 in Concord, New Hampshire State Police said. Two people were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. Police said northbound traffic was...

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce sweeping PFAS pollution bill

Jan. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two northeastern Wisconsin lawmakers introduced sweeping legislation Thursday designed to curb water and air pollution from man-made chemicals known as PFAS. Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, and Sen. Dave Hansen, a Green Bay Democrat, have been working on the package for...

Wisconsin lawmakers approve firefighting foam restrictions

Jan. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats' complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to nothing. The Senate...

Cleanup of contaminated site is expected to cost millions

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The cleanup of an industrial site in suburban Detroit from which contaminated water leaked last month will likely cost millions of dollars, officials of Michigan’s environmental agency said Wednesday. Tracy Kecskenmeti of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and...

Man blamed for green I-696 ooze left barrels on Thumb land

Jan. 9, 2020 7:26 PM EST

MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental regulators found barrels scattered across land in Michigan’s Thumb region that’s owned by the now-imprisoned owner of a shuttered electroplating business that leaked a green substance containing a known cancer-causing contaminant onto the shoulder...

Completion of Lake Champlain drawbridge to take extra year

Jan. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EST

NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — It will take more than an extra year before traffic will be traveling on a new drawbridge that links the Lake Champlain islands of South Hero and North Hero, the Vermont Agency of Transportation said Wednesday. A temporary bridge is now in place. The state said it had been hoped the...