Latest Industrial pollution News

Activists call for probe into air quality official's actions

Apr. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado environmental coalition is demanding that Gov. Jared Polis remove the director of the state Air Pollution Control Division, who is named in a whistleblower complaint alleging the state endangers public health by unlawfully approving permits to pollute the air. ...

Historic river pollution threatens coastal Great Lakes fish

Mar. 29, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study finds that historic sources of mercury pollution are driving higher concentrations of the contaminant in sport fish that live and feed in the Duluth-Superior harbor. The results indicate contamination from long ago still holds risks for coastal areas of the...

Jeff Tittel, prominent New Jersey environmentalist, retiring

Mar. 24, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jeff Tittel, New Jersey's highest-profile environmentalist who battled government agencies and private industry over pollution, development and public access to beaches and waterways, is retiring. The 64-year-old Tittel said Wednesday he will...

S Carolina bill would crack down on plastic pellet spills

Mar. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators are considering legislation to crack down on companies that pollute the state's waters with tiny plastic pellets. A Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve a bill that would give the South Carolina...

Chemical site cleanup on Maine river to cost more than $180M

Mar. 23, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ORRINGTON, Maine (AP) — A settlement that is pending approval from a federal judge would require the former owner of a shuttered chemical plant in Maine to spend more than $180 million to clean up mercury contamination. The settlement concerns the site of the HoltraChem...

Greenpeace protests ECB's loans for carbon-heavy industries

Mar. 10, 2021 03:39 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greenpeace activists landed on the roof of a European Central Bank building Wednesday to drop a banner protesting the financial institution's loans policy, which climate activists say favors heavily polluting industries. Activists used a...

Opponents suspect environmental racism in pipeline project

Mar. 07, 2021 15:10 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Clyde Robinson treasures the acre of land he inherited, a verdant space tucked into a cul-de-sac in a south Memphis neighborhood, surrounded by houses and trees beside a railroad track. For more than five decades, he nurtured it while his relatives...

Phosphate mine company will clean up waste to settle lawsuit

Mar. 04, 2021 18:59 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A phosphate mining company has reached a toxic-waste cleanup agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes over mining waste in southeastern Idaho. Officials with P4 Production LLC, a Monsanto subsidiary, said in...

Nebraska regulators sue ethanol plant, citing pollution

Mar. 04, 2021 09:36 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State regulators filed a lawsuit Monday accusing a Nebraska ethanol plant of repeatedly failing to comply with their orders to clean up wastewater and old, pesticide-laced seed corn. The lawsuit comes amid growing complaints about the AltEn plant near...

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

Mar. 04, 2021 07:55 AM EST

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. ...