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Waves from eruption in Tonga cause oil spill in Peru

Jan. 17, 2022 21:27 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Unusually high waves attributed to the eruption of an undersea volcano in Tonga caused an oil spill on the Peruvian coast, but authorities said Monday the spill was controlled within hours and there's an ongoing process to clean the area. The Peruvian Civil...

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Jan. 17, 2022 14:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation. A towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier...

Work continues on removing lead water lines in Benton Harbor

Jan. 16, 2022 09:34 AM EST

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — More than 400 water service lines in Benton Harbor have been replaced or verified to be free of lead, according to state officials. City officials also are reviewing bids from contractors for removal of an estimated 3,900 lead service lines, Michigan's...

Serbian environmental protesters reject lithium mining plans

Jan. 15, 2022 16:12 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Environmental protesters demanding the cancelation of plans for lithium mining in western Serbia took to the streets again Saturday, blocking key roads and for the first time a border crossing. Traffic on the Balkan nation's main north-south highway was...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

DEQ: Soil near homes contaminated by wood treatment company

Jan. 15, 2022 10:13 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The soil of at least six homes in west Eugene is contaminated with toxic chemicals that Oregon state regulators believe originated with the activities of an industrial neighbor. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said this week that the soil samples...

Louisiana seeks gov. money to plug thousands of orphan wells

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana is home to 4,605 orphan oil and gas wells, some of them threatening the environment, and now plans to ask the federal government for a Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. ...

Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

Jan. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their pointy teeth and scrubbing their scaly hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. Diesel...

Tightened federal water protections won't slow some projects

Jan. 14, 2022 17:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a...

Ex-EPA workers ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler

Jan. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees urged the Virginia Senate on Friday to oppose the nomination of former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's Cabinet. Youngkin announced last week that he had selected...