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In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, two South Sudanese boys ride a donkey cart in Paloch, South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

Getting the story of South Sudan's devastating oil pollution

Feb. 13, 2020 9:09 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — Air so foul it is hard to take a deep breath. Toxic chemicals seeping into the earth. Mothers giving birth to disabled children. These are the suspected effects of the pollution from South Sudan's oil industry that I was determined to document. The people I spoke to in the...

Fire erupts at ExxonMobil refinery in Louisiana; no injuries

Feb. 12, 2020 5:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A blaze inside a Louisiana refinery turned the night sky a shade of orange, sent a large plume of smoke into the air over Baton Rouge, and its heat could be felt across the Mississippi River. ExxonMobil said its volunteer fire crews put out the blaze. The fire erupted around 11:30...

US Steel, health officials finalize Clairton plant pact

Feb. 10, 2020 7:04 PM EST

U.S. Steel and the Allegheny County health department say they have finalized terms of last year's settlement agreement that requires $200 million in improvements to the Clairton Coke Works and created a trust to benefit communities affected by air pollution from the plant. The agreement names Pittsburgh-based...

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2016 file photo, laborers work at an aluminum recycling factory near the Buriganga River on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's High Court has asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted main river in the nation’s capital, lawyers and activists said Tuesday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Bangladesh court orders 231 factories closed to save river

Jan. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court has asked authorities to shut down 231 factories surrounding the highly polluted main river in the nation’s capital, lawyers and activists said Tuesday. Manzil Murshid, who filed a petition with the court seeking its intervention, said the factories...

FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, visitors hike to a stone lookout over the Little Missouri River inside the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in the Badlands of North Dakota. Anemic funding, alleged unpaid work and legal fights are hobbling developers of a proposed $800 million oil refinery near the park in western North Dakota. But the project manager for Meridian Energy Group's Davis Refinery, which has drawn criticism from environmental groups and others who worry it would add to pollution near the national park, insists it will be built. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Planned refinery by national park hurt by funding, lawsuits

Jan. 10, 2020 1:59 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Anemic funding, alleged unpaid work and legal fights are hobbling developers of a proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. But the project manager for Meridian Energy Group’s Davis Refinery — which has drawn...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a Newport Town Hall Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Newport Opera House in Newport, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Sanders says he'll enact national drinking water standards

Dec. 31, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he would enact federal drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals that have caused widespread contamination in New Hampshire and other states. New Hampshire recently set some of the nation's toughest...