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Oregon waterway pesticide levels fall due to farming changes

Oct. 17, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental regulators say pesticide levels in some Oregon waterways have dropped to fractions of former concentrations due to voluntary changes by farmers. The Capital Press reported Wednesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality found that growers who altered spray...

New Mexico shares excess emissions data online

Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is sharing emissions data with the public on its website as it works on new regulations aimed at reducing pollution. The department says the data involves excess emissions of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants that are...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Indian capital's air quality plunges despite new measures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "poor" on Wednesday, a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for New Delhi stood at 299, about six times the recommended...

Court: Dairy expansion nixed, citing climate change

Oct. 15, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered state pollution regulators to reconsider their decision to grant a permit for a mega-dairy farm, saying the regulators failed to consider greenhouse gas effects when they decided a farm in southeastern Minnesota could expand its herd. In a...

S Carolina fines Virginia energy company for water pollution

Oct. 15, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina regulators have fined a Virginia-based energy company for allowing sediment runoff from a pipeline project to pollute drinking water sources. The State reported Monday that investigators recently culminated a monthslong investigation by fining Dominion Energy $4,200....

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oct. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste. The Statesman Journal reports that's not currently allowed under U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, which Oregon has adopted, because of...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

Michigan to proceed with rules limiting chemicals in water

Oct. 11, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is proceeding with plans to set what may be some of the country's strictest and most far-reaching limits on "forever chemicals" in drinking water. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced Friday that it is...

Wisconsin DNR: New lead contamination rules not good enough

Oct. 11, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say the Trump administration's proposed rewrite of lead contamination rules isn't good enough. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced in Green Bay on Thursday that the chances will require water...