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Valve leak spills treated produced water in NW North Dakota

Feb. 25, 2020 7:24 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reports a valve leak has spilled 105,000 gallons of treated produced water in northwestern North Dakota. The release was reported Monday at Justin SWD 1 saltwater disposal well, about five miles (eight kilometers) southwest of Tioga. Bosque...

Sea lion wanders far from water in Washington state

Feb. 25, 2020 3:25 PM EST

A sea lion wandered far from water in southwest Washington state. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Steller sea lion, weighing around 600 pounds, was discovered in a wooded area outside the town of Castle Rock, Washington. The animal was about two miles from a viable water source. Sheriff's deputies, Fish and...

In this Feb. 17, 2020 photo, a crew from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., recovers a balloon from the Pacific Ocean off Newport Beach, Calif. The PMMC picked up about 20 balloons that day, most left over from the Valentine's Day holiday. Boaters have been fishing balloons out of the ocean off Southern California since Valentine's Day, and some say it's a predictable problem, The Orange County Register reports. More balloons are expected after St. Patrick's Day, Father's Day, Mother's Day and graduations. (Pacific Marine Mammal Center via AP)

Valentine's balloons end up in ocean off Southern California

Feb. 25, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Boaters have been fishing balloons out of the ocean off Southern California since Valentine’s Day, and some say it’s a predictable problem, The Orange County Register reports. “It was crazy. Everywhere I looked,” said Rich German, who rode his personal watercraft several miles off...

Grants seek market-based reductions of Great Lakes pollution

Feb. 24, 2020 7:16 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $1.8 million are being awarded to five organizations for projects that will use market-based approaches to reducing nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes, officials said Monday. The funding will come through...

Gloria Hammond, a resident of Juliette, Georgia, shows off water tests that display contaminants in her homes' well at the Georgia capitol on Monday, February 24, 2020. Georgia Power Co., which operates a nearby coal-fired power plant, says its monitoring wells show no contamination from a coal ash pond. The Senate passed Senate Bill 123 on Monday by a vote of 52-2, sending it to the House for more work. The measure would raise the fee for dumping coal ash from $1 a ton to $2.50 a ton, equaling what it costs to dispose of other kinds of garbage at Georgia landfills.  (Jeff Amy/Associated Press)

Georgia eyes higher coal ash fee; residents seek more action

Feb. 24, 2020 4:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia senators are passing a measure that would increase the fee for dumping coal ash in the state. The Senate passed Senate Bill 123 on Monday by a vote of 52-2, sending it to the House for more work. The measure would raise the fee for dumping coal ash from $1 a ton to $2.50 a ton,...

Tank leak spills brine, oil at ND saltwater disposal well

Feb. 24, 2020 4:29 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A tank leak has spilled brine and oil at a saltwater disposal well near New Town, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Monday. The spill happened Thursday at the Fladeland SWD 1 saltwater disposal well, operated by Fladeland 1 SWD LLC, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of...

This Jan. 19, 2020 photo shows microplastic debris that has washed up at Depoe Bay, Ore. Dozens of scientists from around the U.S. West will attend a gathering this week in Bremerton, Wash., to better focus the research on the environmental threat. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

Feb. 24, 2020 2:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. Yet little is known about the effects of these “microplastics" — on...

Cleaner of postal vehicles illegally dumped wastewater

Feb. 24, 2020 4:23 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal authorities in Tennessee say a woman has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping wastewater into the Mississippi River after washing U.S. Postal Service vehicles. Constance Pritchett, 59, faces up to one year in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to depositing refuse in...

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaks to reporters in the Assembly chamber ahead of their final day in session Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Vos says he hopes Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will sign into law a GOP income tax cut proposal passing the Legislature on Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

What's dead, what's likely to become law in Wisconsin

Feb. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature is hurtling toward the end of its two-year session with multiple high-profile bills still in limbo, including a $250 million income tax cut, a plan to allow bars to stay open until nearly dawn during the Democratic National Convention and banning anyone under...

A newly built power generation plant stand idle with the Popocatepetl Volcano in the background, near Huexca, Morelos state, Mexico, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Dozens of mostly indigenous communities along the 159 kilometers of pipeline have united to fight the mega-project they believe will deprive them of water for their crops, while contaminating the soil and air. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Stalled mega power project in central Mexico stirs discord

Feb. 23, 2020 6:08 PM EST

HUEXCA, Mexico (AP) — The thermo-electric plant looms over the smattering of homes and cows munching on dried corn stalks in Huexca, a tiny farm community in central Mexico where many residents view it as a sleeping monster ready to roar to life. During test runs of equipment in the still idle power plant,...