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Firefighters contain recycling facility blaze in North Vegas

Sep. 13, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters spent several hours Monday containing an intense fire that billowed smoke at a regional trash recycling facility in North Las Vegas. No injuries were reported and the cause of the Monday morning fire was not immediately known....

Environmentalists monitor downstream impacts of soft water

Sep. 06, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As the CEO of Madison Boats, Tyler Leeper is “highly invested” in ensuring the many water bodies that define Madison stay healthy. Decades of rising chloride levels are threatening more than just Leeper’s bottom line. ...

South Dakota lake closed to swimming due to harmful bacteria

Sep. 05, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — A popular lake for water enthusiasts in southeastern South Dakota has been closed indefinitely to swimmers due to harmful bacteria, Game Fish and Parks Department officials said. Routine water testing at the the Lake Alvin Recreation Area near...

Judge OKs settlement with US Steel over 2017 Indiana spill

Sep. 02, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a revised settlement with U.S. Steel, more than four years after one of the steelmaker's Indiana plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary. U.S. District...

'Forever chemicals' found in groundwater near military bases

Aug. 31, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — High levels of toxic, widely used “forever chemicals” contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released Tuesday. The...

Small lake in southwest Reno contaminated by algae bloom

Aug. 28, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small lake in southwest Reno that's popular for recreation is contaminated by a blue-green algae bloom that promotes the growth of toxins, city officials said. The city issued a warning Friday and put up signs telling people to avoid contact with the...

Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion blocked by appeals court

Aug. 26, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A California appeals court has blocked the expansion of Lake Tahoe’s famed Squaw Valley ski resort because the development plan fails to adequately address potential harm to air and water quality, as well as increased noise levels and traffic in the area. ...

EPA to review proposed machine range at Cape Cod base

Aug. 25, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to review a proposed machine gun training range at a National Guard base in Massachusetts and the potential risks to a public drinking water source. The agency wrote in its notice to the Army...

Genetic mapping boosts hopes for restoring prized lake trout

Aug. 24, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Scientists have traced the genetic makeup of lake trout, a feat that should boost efforts to rebuild populations of the prized fish in the Great Lakes and other North American waters where they've been hammered by invasive species, overfishing and pollution,...

Aid groups: Millions in Syria, Iraq losing access to water

Aug. 23, 2021 07:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Millions of people in Syria and Iraq are at risk of losing access to water, electricity and food amid rising temperatures, record low water levels due to lack of rainfall and drought, international aid groups warned Monday. The two neighboring countries,...