Freshwater pollution

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, a cow skull is wired to a fence post in front of a hamlet destroyed by a mudslide triggered by the Nov. 5, 2015 failing of a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste in Paracatu, Brazil. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, file)
November 14, 2017 - 7:05 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites, according to a United Nations report. The UN Environment Program report tallied 40 significant...
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October 19, 2017 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has ordered two companies to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey. EPA said Thursday that a survey of the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits...
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Member of the Texas Campaign for the Environment prepare to deliver over 2,300 letters from Texas families to the Environmental Protection Agency's Region VI office in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The letters are calling for saving federal cleanup programs under the Trump Administration. The EPA has approved a plan to remove sediments laced with highly toxic dioxin from a partially submerged Superfund site near Houston damaged during Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
October 12, 2017 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists, ordering two big corporations this week to pay $115 million to clean up a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Environmental...
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October 04, 2017 - 8:35 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly meeting again to consider another veto by Gov. Roy Cooper and take up other business (all times local): 8:35 p.m. A redraw of North Carolina election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors has cleared a key...
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September 18, 2017 - 7:38 pm
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the...
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August 31, 2017 - 1:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have approved money to clean up and monitor a little-studied chemical dumped into a river that serves as drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. Wilmington-area residents are worried after learning recently about GenX, a chemical that a...
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People collect water at a tube well in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. A new study suggests some 50 million Pakistanis could be at risk of drinking arsenic-tainted groundwater. The findings are based on a hazard map built using water quality data from 1,200 tube wells in the densely populated Indus Valley. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
August 23, 2017 - 10:05 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley — far more than previously thought, according to a new study. Pakistan is aware of the growing problem, with arsenic levels rising in some areas as people increasingly...
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August 16, 2017 - 5:58 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House will hold its own investigative hearing into the discharge of a little-studied chemical into a river. House Speaker Tim Moore announced Wednesday that he'll soon announce appointments to a special committee that will look at the chemical GenX and its...
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August 15, 2017 - 4:05 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans are planning a public hearing about a chemical plant's releases into a river because they say Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's administration didn't answer most of their questions. Cooper's health and environmental quality secretaries responded to...
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This July 31, 2017 photo shows beachgoers crossing over large ponds of water on the beach in Margate N.J., days after heavy rains created large ponds of standing water on the beach. On Thursday Aug. 3, 2017, a judge ordered the immediate shutdown of the sand dune construction project that caused the water to collect on the beach, and gave the federal, state and local governments a week to come up with an engineering solution. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
August 03, 2017 - 4:52 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Thursday shut down a government sand-dune construction project in New Jersey that created huge ponds of bacteria-laden water and blocked off access to parts of the beach. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said he was horrified by photos showing "lake-like"...
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