- The Latest: Michigan AG wants to broaden open-records law Updated: Feb-09-16 2:22 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Local health organization to test Omaha tap water for lead Updated: Feb-09-16 2:03 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - Even though officials say Omaha's tap water has met federal lead standards for years, a local health organization is planning to test tap water in light of the widespread contamination in Flint, Michigan.
- Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill Updated: Feb-09-16 1:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday.
- Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions Updated: Feb-09-16 1:16 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - A major Brazilian daily Tuesday said that the Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund to cover shortfalls in civil servants' pensions.
- Water tests show a few homes in Ohio village still have lead Updated: Feb-09-16 11:39 am
SEBRING, Ohio - The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples.
- State Board of Canvassers approves petition to recall Snyder Updated: Feb-08-16 9:08 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The State Board of Canvassers on Monday unanimously approved a petition to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that doesn't mention the lead contamination of Flint water, but rejected several other proposals that cite the water crisis in seeking his removal from office.
- Many chemicals used in Texas fracking remain a mystery Updated: Feb-08-16 8:16 pm
HOUSTON - For the past five years, biochemist Zac Hildenbrand has investigated potential links between unconventional drilling and water quality, collecting thousands of samples throughout the major shale plays in Texas.
- Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits Updated: Feb-08-16 7:11 pm
DETROIT - One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' disease.
- Studies aim to restore habitat of imperiled Northwest fish Updated: Feb-08-16 6:12 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations.
- Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials Updated: Feb-08-16 1:41 pm
The Free Press of Mankato, Feb. 7
- State monitoring oil spill in Mississippi River Updated: Feb-08-16 6:05 am
NATCHEZ, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is on the ground monitoring the site where a damaged barge may have leaked oil slurry last month.
- Company slows work on controversial Utah tar sands project Updated: Feb-07-16 5:29 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Environmentalists are celebrating after the Canadian company behind a controversial tar sands development in eastern Utah announced it is scaling back work on its project.
- Survey shows more Atlantic sturgeon in the Hudson River Updated: Feb-07-16 4:10 pm
ALBANY, New York - State conservation officials say last year's survey shows the most Atlantic sturgeon in the Hudson River in a decade.
- Lake Champlain fish to be tested for pollution toxins Updated: Feb-07-16 10:50 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury and toxins produced by cyanobacteria - commonly known as blue-green algae.
- Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer Updated: Feb-07-16 9:44 am
EDEN, North Carolina - Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.
- Coast Guard searches for 2 missing boaters in lake Updated: Feb-07-16 9:24 am
MIAMI - The Coast Guard is searching for two boaters reported missing on Lake Okeechobee.
- Maine conducting natural resources survey to aid management Updated: Feb-07-16 9:22 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine and federal officials are conducting a survey of natural resources to help prioritize land and water management projects.
- Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm
BUCHANAN, New York - An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk.
- Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers Updated: Feb-06-16 5:45 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.
- Lake Village pairs with US agency to boost health, economy Updated: Feb-06-16 2:05 pm
LAKE VILLAGE, Arkansas - Lake Village will partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year to plan expansions to the city's community garden and trails, the agency announced last week.
- Red tide returns to some Florida beaches Updated: Feb-06-16 1:35 pm
NOKOMIS, Florida - Officials say a highly concentrated patch of red tide likely caused the death of hundreds of fish that washed ashore on beaches near the border of Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
- Washington puts a price on closing oldest Colstrip units Updated: Feb-06-16 1:16 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Shutting down and cleaning up the two oldest units at the Colstrip power plant in southeast Montana would cost $130 million to $200 million, according to the Washington utility that owns most of the plant.
- Corps: Missouri River reservoirs ready for runoff season Updated: Feb-06-16 1:06 pm
YANKTON, South Dakota - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River mainstem reservoirs are ready for this year's runoff season.
- Scientists identify causes in mass Long Island fish kills Updated: Feb-06-16 9:10 am
ALBANY, New York - Scientists have identified causes of large fish kills in Long Island's Peconic River last summer, where roughly 300,000 adult Atlantic Menhaden died.
- EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river Updated: Feb-05-16 7:55 pm
DENVER - A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.