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Ferguson: Supreme Court decision won't hurt Hanford workers

Jun. 21, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a 2018 state law that protected workers at a former nuclear weapons production site, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said an updated law passed earlier this year remains in place. That means...

Nuclear industry hopes to expand output with new reactors

Jun. 21, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

The U.S. nuclear industry is generating less electricity as reactors retire, but now plant operators are hoping to nearly double their output over the next three decades, according to the industry's trade association. The massive scaling-up envisioned by the utilities hangs on the...

Oregon hikes Port of Morrow water pollution fine to $2.1M

Jun. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has increased the Port of Morrow’s groundwater contamination fine to $2.1 million following additional wastewater violations. The agency added $800,000 to the Port’s original $1.3 million fine Friday for...

California bill would reduce single-use plastic products 25%

Jun. 17, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An ambitious California proposal aims to reduce plastic production for single-use products like shampoo bottles and food wrappers by 25% starting next decade, part of an effort to rein in pollution from the ubiquitous material. A bill introduced late...

Sheriff's office: Man likely suffocated in recycling truck

Jun. 17, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man found dead at a Northern California cardboard recycling center likely suffocated in a recycling truck, authorities said. The body of Ron Lamp of Magalia was found on April 26 at a facility in Marysville, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office said...

New Mexico reaches $32M settlement over 2015 mine spill

Jun. 16, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and the U.S. government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. Similar environmental accidents will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with shrinking water...

Connecticut sues over trash bags marketed for recycling

Jun. 14, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has filed a lawsuit accusing Reynolds Consumer Products of illegally marketing trash bags as recycling bags, even though the bags themselves cannot be recycled. The Hefty brand bags are advertised by the company as “perfect for all your...

Oregon county declares emergency over water contamination

Jun. 11, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon's Morrow County along the Columbia River have declared a local state of emergency after private well testing showed high levels of nitrate contamination. During a Thursday special meeting, Morrow County commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of...

EPA to give $60M to 12 states to help curb water pollution

Jun. 10, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government said Friday that it will distribute $60 million among 12 states that have waterways that flow into the Mississippi River to help them control farm runoff and other pollution that contribute to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The...

Partly treated sewage is still running into Blackstone River

Jun. 10, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in Rhode Island has been discharging sewage that's only partly treated into the Blackstone River all week, state environmental officials said Friday. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management warned residents on...