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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. Federal officials have finalized a plan in November 2020 to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

EPA finalizes water permit to help clean up the Great Bay

Nov. 24, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Federal officials finalized a plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast with an approach that gives surrounding communities greater flexibility to address the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency, in the Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, calls...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

Fire in petrochemical factory in Iran kills 1, injures 4

Nov. 19, 2020 2:47 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire in a petrochemical factory in southwestern Iran on Thursday led to the death of one worker and injured four others, Iranian state TV reported. The report said the worker died after jumping off a platform where the blaze erupted during the unloading of carbohydrate materials. It...

7 killed in factory explosion southwest of Beijing

Nov. 13, 2020 12:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities say seven people have been killed and one injured in a factory explosion southwest of Beijing. The expanded polyethylene plant in Hebei province’s Wuji county went up in flames around 6 p.m. Thursday. Expanded polyethylene is a type of foam used in packaging and other...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2014 file photo shows a stream flowing through the New Jersey Pinelands region in Lakehurst, N.J. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, New Jersey officials sued three companies, demanding that they clean up chemical contamination of the environment, including waterways, in West Deptford and Edgewater, in an effort to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by so-called “forever chemicals” used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

New Jersey sues 3 firms over chemicals in drinking water

Nov. 10, 2020 5:39 PM EST

New Jersey is upping its efforts to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by substances including so-called “forever chemicals,” used to stain-proof clothing and produce nonstick cookware, that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. The state Attorney General's...

Shell to close Louisiana oil refinery that employs hundreds

Nov. 5, 2020 6:03 PM EST

CONVENT, La. (AP) — Shell announced Thursday that it is closing one of its refineries between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, after failed attempts to sell the facility. The refinery in Convent can process 240,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It employs nearly 700 workers and 400 contract workers, who will...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Myrtle Felton, from left, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, La. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Army Corps reconsidering permit for $9.4B plastics complex

Nov. 4, 2020 9:46 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday. The Corps plans to...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo, plastic and other debris sits on the beach on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. According to a study released on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, more than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

Oct. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

More than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash. In 2016 — the last year enough data was available...

FILE - In this May 19, 1998, file photo, the sun sets on Squam Lake, as seen from Red Hill in Moultonborough, N.H. New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state. The state said PCBs have fouled about numerous square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and 46 other water bodies including Squam Lake and stretches of the Souhegan River. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

New Hampshire sues Monsanto over PCB contamination

Oct. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state that has fouled waterways and found its way into the wildlife include seals, loons and fish. The state alleges Monsanto and two companies that used to be part of Monsanto,...

Mechanical problems likely cause of industrial plant fire

Oct. 12, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Mechanical problems at a Tacoma industrial plant are the likely cause for a fire that triggered explosions and spewed toxic chemicals into the air early Sunday. KING-TV reports it took several hours for Tacoma firefighters to put the fire out but a special Hazmat Team that prepares...