Freshwater pollution

February 08, 2018 - 3:59 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state appeals court will hear whether it should allow a five-year-old lawsuit trying to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its North Carolina coal ash pits. The Charlotte-based electricity utility argues to the Court of Appeals on Thursday that...
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A man rushes around the vehicle carrying Pope Francis after it stopped on the road with a flat tire, on the way to the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
January 19, 2018 - 5:46 pm
PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The pope may be infallible, but apparently he's not immune to flat tires. Francis had to change cars en route to Lima from the airport on Friday after the Fiat 500 he was riding in got a flat...
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Flower petals surround an image of Pope Francis that reads in Spanish "Welcome to Peru Pope Francis," placed by Shamans performing a welcome ritual for the pontiff one day before he arrives to Peru, on Agua Dulce beach in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
January 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Latin America (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Peru's indigenous leaders have sent a letter to Pope Francis urging him to press for the cleanup of polluted rivers and recognition of ancestral land rights during his visit to the Amazon. Three...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Pinot Noir grapes just picked are shown in a bin in Napa, Calif. Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides _ chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion _ after a years-long court fight by environmental groups. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
January 12, 2018 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on...
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Graphic shows number of sites removed from EPA’s National Priorities List of contaminated sites since 2001; 2c x 5 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 139 mm;
January 05, 2018 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation's most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration's effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites, even though records show the physical work was completed before...
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In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, men in protective clothing work at the Martin Aaron Inc. Superfund site in Camden, N.J, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Hundreds of the nation’s most polluted places are at an increasing risk of spreading contamination beyond their borders by more frequent storms and rising seas. An Associated Press analysis of flood zone, census and EPA data shows that almost 2 million people live within a mile of more than 300 at-risk toxic sites, mostly in low-income, heavily minority neighborhoods. These sites span the nation, but Florida, New Jersey and California have the most. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 22, 2017 - 3:29 am
TAPRON SPRING, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Stansbury propped his rusty bike against a live oak tree and cast his fishing line into the rushing waters of Florida's Anclote River. When he bought a house down the street last year, Stansbury says he wasn't told that his slice of paradise had a hidden problem...
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December 05, 2017 - 2:35 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials have moved 10 manatees found near a warm water discharge pipe in a South Carolina coastal river back to their more traditional winter home in Florida. SeaWorld officials said veterinarians checked each one of the manatees captured last week near the...
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FILE - This Feb. 13, 2017, aerial file photo shows a site where the final phase of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Missouri River took place with boring equipment routing the pipeline underground and across Lake Oahe to connect with the existing pipeline in Emmons County in Cannon Ball, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, ordered the Army Corps of Engineers and pipeline developer Energy TransFer Partners to complete an oil spill response plan for a section of the pipeline beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
December 04, 2017 - 11:40 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers and the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must complete an oil spill response plan for the stretch of pipe beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's order grants a request by...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King mine chemical accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. The administration of President Donald Trump is dropping a proposal that would have forced mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
December 01, 2017 - 9:08 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration announced Friday that it won't require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S. The move came...
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In this Sept. 3, 2017 photo, algae covers the surface of Maumee River at the mouth of Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio. The type of phosphorus fueling the algae outbreak has doubled in western Lake Erie tributaries since the Environmental Quality Incentives Program started in the mid-1990s, according to research scientist Laura Johnson of Ohio’s Heidelberg University. Scientists estimate about 85 percent of the Maumee’s phosphorus comes from croplands and livestock operations. (DroneBase via AP)
November 28, 2017 - 5:15 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are...
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