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Maine to get $1M toward cleanup of brownfields

Sep. 20, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Two Maine groups will receive a total of $1 million to help with brownfields cleanup in the state. Brownfields are contaminated sites that were often formerly home to industrial or commercial businesses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is...

Vermont to spend $25M to help clean up industrial sites

Sep. 17, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is going to spend $25 million in state funds to help redevelop old industrial sites in the state. Historically, the costs of cleaning up former industrial sites that may be contaminated from previous industrial or commercial activities,...

Prince William unveils finalists for environmental prize

Sep. 17, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince William announced 15 inaugural finalists Friday for the Earthshot Prize, his ambitious global environmental award that aims to find new ideas and technologies to tackle climate change, air pollution and the Earth’s most pressing challenges. The...

Orchard restoration project preserves history of apples

Sep. 06, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project can be described as many things: an agricultural project, an economic development project, a history project — even an apple scavenger hunt. Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer founded MORP in 2014. It has several...

Wayne Hughes, billionaire businessman and horse owner, dies

Aug. 19, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Wayne Hughes, the founder and chairman of Public Storage whose passion for horse racing culminated with a victory by Authentic in the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, died Wednesday. He was 87. Hughes died at home at Spendthrift...

New Jersey gets federal grants to make urban areas greener

Aug. 11, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is getting $2 million in federal grants to help make urban areas greener. The money comes from the outdoor recreation legacy partnership program, which helps target projects in “historically marginilized communities,” the state's...

'Nothing's safe' as wildfire tears through California town

Aug. 06, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Shelton Douthit and his team at the Feather River Land Trust in Northern California have been working to restore the lush natural habitat and protect Indigenous artifacts around Lake Almanor. Now, after a ferocious wildfire tore through the area, he knows...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 31, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land. The wells, unable to produce any...

Why it's so hard and expensive to plug an abandoned well

Jul. 29, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

An estimated 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells across the country, forgotten or ignored by the energy companies that drilled them, are believed to be leaking toxic chemicals. Many of the wells are releasing methane, a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of...