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Stories with subject: Environmental concerns
  • BP settlement agreement announced in July to be filed Monday 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:10 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - The public is about to get a look at details of an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

  • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • Ohioans make extra cash selling homegrown ginseng 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 11:19 am

    RUTLAND, Ohio - To the unpracticed eye, the cluster of green leaves poking up from the forest floor looked like any other plant.

  • Michigan: progress made to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:56 am

    MONROE, Michigan - Efforts in Michigan to cut down on the pollutants feeding algae in Lake Erie have been showing signs of success, state officials say.

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:51 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it.

  • Conservationists rally in South Africa, other countries story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 9:24 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A vehicle carrying a rhino sculpture led anti-poaching marchers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Kenya's environment minister joined conservationists at a similar rally in Nairobi, the capital. In London, activists in elephant costumes demanded an end to the ivory trade.

  • 5 men accused of poaching antelope outside Casper 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 5:06 am

    CASPER, Wyoming - Five men have been accused of poaching four pronghorns outside of Casper.

  • Michigan pledges $1M for filters, steps to help city's water story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 9:56 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - A cash-strapped Michigan city that broke away from Detroit's water system to save money last year is now getting at least $1 million from the state for home water filters amid complaints that its new system, which taps a local river, is linked to increased lead levels in children's blood.

  • Alaska officials eye eroding village as relocation model 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 9:16 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - One of Alaska's most eroded coastal Native villages is being eyed as a possible national model for relocating whole communities whose futures are threatened by natural disasters escalated by climate change.

  • Xcel Energy plans to retire 2 of 3 coal-fired Sherco units 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to retire two of the three units at its huge Sherco coal-fired power plant in Becker, the largest power plant in Minnesota, as part of a strategy to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030.

  • South Bend, Honeywell agree to test for park contamination 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 5:34 pm

    SOUTH BEND, Indiana - The city of South Bend and Honeywell International Inc. have reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether a city park used decades ago as a dumping ground is contaminated and needs any remediation.

  • Army agrees to end Holston River pollution by mid-2020 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 2:50 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The U.S. Army has agreed to a July 2020 deadline for reducing pollution from a Kingsport ammunition plant to safe levels.

  • Arizona agency calls new ozone standard 'a major challenge' 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:55 pm

    PHOENIX - Arizona environmental regulators say the federal government's new standard on ozone will be a "major challenge" for the state to achieve.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:19 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Barrasso to give weekly Republican response 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 12:07 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly national address on Saturday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:59 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • Rain causing chemical spill to make way to county's water 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:52 am

    FREDERICK, Maryland - Heavy rain is causing last week's chemical spill in the Potomac River to make its way to Frederick County's water intake sooner than originally estimated.

  • US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:19 am

    CHICAGO - More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

  • EU car tests unlike those in US - but have similar failings story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:14 am

    BRUSSELS - Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

  • Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:25 am

    BILLINGS, Montana - New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said.

  • Hawaii, EPA and Navy agree to plan to address tank leaks 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:49 pm

    HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii state Department of Health on Thursday said they finalized a deal with the Navy to better prevent and detect leaks from 20 giant fuel storage tanks near Pearl Harbor.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • On Colorado mine cleanup, Superfund idea divides residents 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 10:26 pm

    DENVER - Southwestern Colorado residents told Congress on Thursday that the Gold King Mine blowout and other mines spilling acid waste into waterways could cause serious long-term damage to their tourism economy, but they disagreed on whether a federal Superfund designation would help or hurt.

  • US pipeline agency fines Exxon subsidiary $2.6 million 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 10:18 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Federal regulators announced Thursday they are assessing a $2.6 million civil penalty against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas.

  • McCrory visits Raleigh rally defending hog farming industry 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:43 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's hog industry has been getting organized this year to combat what it considers misleading information about its farming operations and to oppose litigation challenging its environmental practices, and it took that fight to the state Capitol on Thursday.