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BNSF Railway says it didn't know about asbestos that's killed hundreds in Montana town

Apr. 19, 2024 20:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — BNSF Railway attorneys told a Montana jury Friday that the railroad should not be held liable for the lung cancer deaths of two former residents of an asbestos-contaminated Montana town, one of the deadliest sites in the federal Superfund pollution program. ...

California sets long-awaited drinking water limit for 'Erin Brockovich' contaminant

Apr. 17, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators voted Wednesday to establish a drinking water limit on hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical compound made infamous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.” The rule is the first in the nation to specifically target the heavy metal, known as...

Homes are demolished in Ivory Coast's main city over alleged health concerns. Thousands are homeless

Apr. 17, 2024 02:20 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Dame Touré rushed to quickly gather what she could as bulldozers rolled into her neighborhood in Ivory Coast's fast-growing economic hub of Abidjan. Her three children joined her, stuffing plastic bags with clothes and whatever other items they could grab, before...

Asbestos victim's dying words aired in wrongful death case against Buffet's railroad

Apr. 15, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Thomas Wells ran a half-marathon at age 60 and played recreational volleyball until he was 63. At 65 years old, doctors diagnosed him with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure. “I’m in great pain and alls I see is this...

Why is the EPA regulating PFAS and what are these 'forever chemicals'?

Apr. 10, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized limits on certain common types of PFAS chemicals in drinking water. It is the first time a nationwide limit on so-called forever chemicals has been imposed on water providers. EPA Administrator Michael Regan called it the biggest action...

Asbestos victims in Montana want Buffett's railroad company held responsible

Apr. 08, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for two people who died of a rare lung cancer argued on Monday for a jury to hold BNSF Railway responsible for pollution in a small Montana town near the U.S.-Canada border where thousands of people were exposed to toxic asbestos dust. The railroad...

Victims of Montana asbestos pollution that killed hundreds take Warren Buffett's railroad to court

Apr. 07, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — Paul Resch remembers playing baseball as a kid on a field constructed from asbestos-tainted vermiculite, mere yards from railroad tracks where trains kicked up clouds of dust as they hauled the contaminated material from a mountaintop mine through the northwestern Montana town...

St. Louis-area residents make plea for compensation for illnesses tied to nuclear contamination

Apr. 05, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

Karen Nickel has been dealing with lupus and other illnesses for years, illnesses she blames on childhood exposure to a suburban St. Louis creek where Cold War-era nuclear waste was dumped decades ago. It's time, she said Friday, for the federal government to start making amends. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 03, 2024 11:50 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. March 29, 2024. Editorial: Make a bigger push to improve grad rates Minnesota’s high schools need to keep working on attendance issues, struggling students. The slight decrease in Minnesota’s 2023 high school graduation...

AP Exclusive: EPA didn't declare a public health emergency after fiery Ohio derailment

Apr. 03, 2024 01:13 AM EDT

The aftermath of last year's fiery train derailment in eastern Ohio doesn't qualify as a public health emergency because widespread health problems and ongoing chemical exposures haven't been documented, federal officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency never approved that...