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Boat sewage pumpout grants will help keep state waters clean

Oct. 25, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is awarding $37,500 in matching grants to help make state coastal waters cleaner. The grants funded under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act will help communities invest in boat sewage pumpout facilities...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

32 Union College students sickened by diarrheal illness

Oct. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — At least 32 students at an upstate New York college have been diagnosed with a diarrheal illness commonly linked to contaminated lakes, streams and wells. The Union College students tested positive for giardiasis, while other students showed symptoms of the intestinal disease,...

Clean water fund set up after South Carolina gas spill suit

Oct. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county will benefit from $1.5 million secured by environmental groups in a lawsuit over one of the largest gas pipeline spills in state history. The Southern Environmental Law Center announced the settlement Friday, the Greenville News reported. The money is...

Permit could set less water testing at Ogeechee River plant

Oct. 24, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) — Environmentalists are protesting a proposal to loosen testing requirements for water discharged from a Georgia textile plant. The Savannah Morning News reports that Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has proposed less stringent testing for Milliken & Co.'s Longleaf Plant...

St. Croix River in good health though pollution threats loom

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Croix River is still in good health but is facing pollution threats, according to two new reports. Popular for its scenic beauty and recreation opportunities for boaters and anglers, the St. Croix remains one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River, thanks in...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Gov. The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, a state administrative law judge ruled Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined environmentalists and native tribes in calling for shutdown of the 67-year-old line, saying the underwater segment is vulnerable to a catastrophic rupture. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool, File)

Judge: Michigan agency can evaluate Great Lakes tunnel plan

Oct. 23, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, a state administrative law judge ruled Friday. The agency can evaluate the need for the project and whether...

Foam blankets a portion of the Pinheiros River in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Affected by domestic sewage and solid wastes discharges for years, Sao Paulo's state government is again trying to clean the Pinheiros River, considered one of the most polluted in Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

In Brazil's richest city, works to clean a filthy river

Oct. 23, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Pinheiros River that runs through the heart of Sao Paulo makes its pollution known with a miasma that wafts across city streets, choking rich and poor alike. It’s an unwelcome feature of the city that is also Brazil’s wealthiest and the financial heart of Latin America. ...

Contract worker at Buffalo sewage plant falls in well, dies

Oct. 23, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A contract worker fell into a well on the site of a wastewater treatment plant in Buffalo on Thursday, officials said. The Buffalo Sewer Authority contract worker fell into a well that eventually emptied into the Niagara River at around 11 a.m. Thursday, WGRZ-TV reported. Rescue crews...

3.2-magnitude quake rattles area on Kansas-Oklahoma line

Oct. 22, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook an area on the Kansas-Oklahoma line Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The tremor struck at 8:17 p.m. and was centered in a remote area 22 miles (35 kilometers) northwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma, at a depth of almost 5 miles (8...