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BP agrees to $500K penalty, soot limits at Indiana refinery

Dec. 02, 2021 14:22 PM EST

Oil giant BP agreed Thursday to pay a $512,450 penalty and reduce soot emissions from its Whiting refinery in Indiana under an agreement with regulators and activists who accused the company of violating an earlier deal. The U.S. District Court...

Family of man who got Legionnaires at UW Hospital is suing

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The family of a leukemia patient who contracted Legionnaires’ disease at UW Hospital in 2018 has filed a lawsuit seeking damages in his death. Siblings of 66-year-old Dennis Frye filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court...

Spacewalking astronauts replace antenna after debris scare

Dec. 02, 2021 10:58 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts replaced a broken antenna outside the International Space Station on Thursday after getting NASA’s all-clear for orbiting debris. U.S. astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron were supposed to complete the job...

LG&E agrees to $750K civil penalty in air pollution case

Dec. 02, 2021 04:05 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and permanently limit emissions from its Mill Creek Station coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department said. A proposed agreement was filed Wednesday...

UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022

Dec. 02, 2021 00:10 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations is predicting that a record 274 million people – who together would amount to the world’s fourth most-populous country – will require emergency humanitarian aid next year in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen which face a...

Hawaii: Petroleum detected in tap water near Pearl Harbor

Dec. 01, 2021 21:33 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health said Wednesday a laboratory has detected petroleum product in a water sample from an elementary school near Pearl Harbor amid heightened concerns that fuel from a massive Navy storage facility could contaminate Oahu's water supply. ...

Controversial plan for Oregon natural gas terminal abandoned

Dec. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits. Opponents of the Jordan Cove project, which would...

Fossil footprints puzzle scientists: Bear or ancient human?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prehistoric footprints that have puzzled scientists since the 1970s are getting a second look: Were they left by extinct animals or by human ancestors? When famed paleontologist Mary Leakey first uncovered the footprints in Tanzania 40 years ago, the...

Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine

Dec. 01, 2021 18:21 PM EST

Don’t blame climate change for the devastating Madagascar drought and famine, scientists said in a new analysis Wednesday. World Weather Attribution, which does real time studies of extreme weather throughout the world, examined the drought, which...

Report: Maine's working waterfront is in economic danger

Dec. 01, 2021 18:20 PM EST

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A report from a nonprofit organization that works to sustain Maine's coastal cities raised concerns that weak infrastructure and climate change are threatening Maine's waterfront economic development. The report from the Island Institute said...