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Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Residents want federal probe of cancer near Georgia facility

Nov. 12, 2019 7:04 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Residents of an Atlanta suburb want the federal government to investigate cases of cancer near a medical sterilization plant that uses a gas linked to an increase cancer risk. WXIA-TV reports some Covington residents are asking the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to...

Texas petrochemical plant fire environmental impact unclear

Nov. 11, 2019 6:59 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Researchers are uncertain about the environmental impact of toxic chemicals used to extinguish a three-day blaze at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility after some leaked into a busy commercial waterway. The fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company facility in Deer Park began...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Business leaders protest Honolulu single-use plastics bill

Nov. 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the Oahu business community took to the grounds of Honolulu's city government building to protest a bill that would ban a range of single-use plastic items. Retail and wholesale business leaders gathered at the Honolulu Hale on Tuesday to speak against what they believe is a...

Clarification: Air Quality-Georgia City story

Nov. 5, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Oct. 28 on medical sterilization facilities, The Associated Press reported on the closure of several facilities that use a carcinogenic gas to sterilize medical equipment, including a Georgia facility owned by Sterigenics. The story should have made clear that Sterigenics...

Dutch construction workers protest environmental rules

Oct. 30, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch construction workers converged on The Hague on Wednesday to protest restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government's environmental policies. A central park in The Hague filled up early with...

Beverage companies aim to get bottles recycled, not trashed

Oct. 29, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

Every year, an estimated 100 billion plastic bottles are produced in the U.S., the bulk of which come from three of America's biggest beverage companies: Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Keurig Dr Pepper. The problem? Only one-third of those bottles get recycled; the rest end up in the trash. That bleak trend has persisted...

Environmentalists move to sue company over SC plastic spill

Oct. 29, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups are taking steps toward suing a company they say is responsible for polluting South Carolina waters with tiny plastic beads. News outlets report the groups represented by Southern Environmental Law Center sent Frontier Logistics a 60-day legal notice Monday on...

Indiana agency: Steelmaker too slow to act on chemical spill

Oct. 25, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The state environmental agency said a northwestern Indiana steel mill knew it was leaking dangerous chemicals into Lake Michigan but failed to report the spill or act quickly to mitigate the risks. The cyanide and ammonia spill in August at the ArcelorMittal plant in Burns Harbor...