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In this picture taken on Thursday, May 21, 2020, Italian Lazio region's environmental agency biologist Salvatore De Bonis shows how they perform tests on sea water during an interview with The Associated Press on a Coast Guard boat off Fiumicino, near Rome. Preliminary results from a survey of seawater quality during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown indicate a sharp reduction in pollution from human and livestock waste in the seas off Rome. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the change. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

May. 30, 2020 3:30 AM EDT

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the...

Master of cargo ship charged over Australia container spill

May. 29, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The ship master of a Singapore-registered vessel that spilled some of its cargo off the Australian east coast has been charged with damage of the marine environment and pollution. The APL England was en route to Melbourne from China when rough seas caused 50 shipping containers...

Report: Chemical plant releases went unchecked for years

May. 29, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C (AP) — Environmental regulators did not inspect a North Carolina chemical facility for eight years even though it was under a federal agreement to prevent the release of a potentially toxic substance known as PFAS. WRAL reports that the revelation was made in a report released Thursday...

Maryland AG: Closed mill is still polluting the Potomac

May. 29, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

LUKE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general says byproducts from a closed paper mill are continuing to pollute the Potomac River. The Baltimore Sun reports that AG Brian Frosh made the claims in a federal lawsuit that was filed Thursday. The suit involves a mill in the town of Luke in Allegany County....

Arizona mining company ordered to pay $2.3M for arsenic leak

May. 27, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ordered the owner of a north-central Arizona mine to pay nearly $2.4 million restitution for an arsenic leak, state prosecutors said Tuesday. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials said Hillside Mine near Bagdad was the source of an ongoing illegal discharge of...

Maine to collect ocean acidification data with new sensors

May. 24, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine marine officials said three new sensors installed in a coastal community will help scientists get a better understanding of ocean acidifcation. The growing acid levels in the ocean are a hazard for some kinds of sea life, including some of those sought by Maine...

Some Rhode Island shellfishing areas closing for season

May. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several shellfishing areas in Rhode Island are closing for the season starting Saturday due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields. The harvesting areas will remain closed until Oct. 13, according to the state Department of Environmental...

Floodwater reaches the bottom of a stop sign, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

May. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the...

FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Scientists say radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years. A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey attributes the decreases to radioactive decay, changes in waste-disposal methods, cleanup efforts and dilution from water coming into the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The contamination originated at an 890-square-mile (2305-square-kilometer) U.S. Department of Energy site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation’s leading nuclear research lab.  (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Radioactive waste cleanup paying off for giant Idaho aquifer

May. 21, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years, scientists say. A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey attributes the decreases to radioactive decay,...

Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Edenville, Mich. Some people living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area returned to the area to survey the damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

May. 20, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment. Dow said the ponds held only...