Latest Industrial pollution News

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...

Pennsylvania boosts aid for clean water near military bases

Nov. 29, 2019 5:29 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Municipalities in Pennsylvania that are paying to clean up water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds from military installations such as Willow Grove Naval Air Station will get more state help. Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf allows municipal authorities to get...

3 hurt at Texas chemical plant hit by 2 massive explosions

Nov. 28, 2019 6:45 AM EST

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through a Texas chemical plant Wednesday, and one left three workers injured. The blasts blew out windows and doors of nearby homes and prompted a mandatory evacuation of a 4-mile (7-kilometer) radius from the plant in Port Neches in...

Lawmakers request environmental review of factory closure

Nov. 20, 2019 6:28 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have asked environmental officials to monitor the pending closure of the Energizer factory for any pollution. The Bennington Banner reports Democratic Sen. Brian Campion wants to avoid the toxic chemical contamination that was found when two former factories in...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Capitol Watch: New Yorkers await toxic chemical testing

Nov. 9, 2019 1:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's unclear just when New York will move ahead with ambitious plans that were announced last year to test public water systems for three industrial chemicals. State regulators have been working to require public water systems to test for and clean up three contaminants linked with...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

City suspends contract to take polluted runoff from landfill

Nov. 8, 2019 3:19 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Officials in a Massachusetts city say they've suspended a contract that allows a New Hampshire landfill to send up to 100,000 gallons of polluted runoff daily to their plant that treats water bound for a major drinking water source. The Boston Globe reports Lowell officials, pressured...

Companies: Nix lawsuit over contamination near uranium plant

Nov. 8, 2019 5:31 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies involved in work at a former uranium enrichment plant in Ohio say a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit alleging nearby residents were unknowingly exposed to radioactive contaminants that spread to other properties. Several residents sued the companies over contamination...

Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Nov. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is...