- 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.
- Melting ice, snow prompt temporary snowmobile trail closure Updated: Feb-09-16 7:34 am
PARADISE, Michigan - Officials have temporarily closed a 2 ½-mile segment of a popular snowmobile trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula because of flooding caused by melting ice and snow.
- River Bend nuclear station to undergo special inspection Updated: Feb-09-16 7:25 am
ST. FRANCISVILLE, Louisiana - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans a special inspection at Entergy's River Bend nuclear station in St. Francisville, after an unplanned reactor shutdown on Jan. 9.
- Coast Guard: Dye test aims to find Potomac oil sheen source Updated: Feb-08-16 7:45 am
ARLINGTON, Virginia - The U.S. Coast Guard says a dye test will be conducted in the Potomac River and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near Arlington, Virginia, to find the source of oil sheens spotted on the river.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Company in West Virginia chem spill receives 'symbolic' fine Updated: Feb-04-16 4:24 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it.
- Some Texans worry about expanding sewage treatment plant Updated: Feb-04-16 3:28 pm
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas - From his rolling Hill Country spread, Wes Pitts can watch changes in gray-green Onion Creek as it riffles by.
- Deal boosts effort to remove 4 Klamath River dams Updated: Feb-02-16 5:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - An agreement by California, Oregon and the federal government on Tuesday boosted efforts to remove four dams in the Pacific Northwest despite opposition in Congress.
- 3 Togiak men on moose hunt die when skiff overturns Updated: Feb-01-16 11:51 am
TOGIAK, Alaska - Three Togiak (TOH'-gee-ak) men returning from a moose hunt died Saturday night when their skiff overturned near the mouth of the Togiak River.
- Official: Fighter jets caused sonic booms along coast Updated: Jan-28-16 7:48 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Officials say sonic booms heard and felt along the coast from New Jersey to Connecticut were caused by military fighter jets conducting tests.
- Public hearing set on Deep Creek Lake watershed plan Updated: Jan-28-16 3:15 am
MCHENRY, Maryland - The Garrett County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict natural-gas drilling around Maryland's largest freshwater lake.
- Pierre fined $15,700 for falsified pollution control reports Updated: Jan-27-16 8:39 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota's Department of Environment and Natural Resources has fined the city of Pierre more than $15,700 for falsified pollution control reports.
- Officials assessing oil spill in Philadelphia river Updated: Jan-25-16 4:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Crews are trying to clean up a spill of thousands of gallons of home heating oil, some of which apparently went into a river in Philadelphia.
- Group aims to turn old railroad bridge into trail crossing Updated: Jan-24-16 10:06 am
DELPHI, Indiana - A group in northern Indiana is seeking sponsors and donations to convert an abandoned railroad trestle that runs 65 feet over a creek into a pedestrian trail crossing.
- Injured man, 19, rescued from base of dam in Ithaca gorge Updated: Jan-22-16 12:24 pm
ITHACA, New York - Authorities say a 19-year-old man has been rescued from the base of a dam on the creek that runs through the Ithaca gorge.
- Power plant suing after state refuses to let it run on river Updated: Jan-18-16 4:37 am
BUCHANAN, New York - A nuclear power plant owner has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to throw out the state's refusal to authorize the plant to operate on the Hudson River.
- Municipalities pay up for dumping sewage into waterways Updated: Jan-17-16 2:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah water quality officials have recently settled cases with four municipalities accused of illegally dumping wastewater into rivers and streams.
- Crowds attack Mexico pipelines, steal diesel with buckets Updated: Jan-15-16 8:44 pm
MEXICO CITY - Rebellious crowds of townspeople in a rural area in central Mexico are defying police and soldiers to steal diesel from illegally tapped pipelines, creating what officials call an imminent threat of tragedies like fires that have burned dozens of people at other sites in Mexico.
- Correction: Mine Waste Leak-New Mexico story Updated: Jan-15-16 4:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - In a story Jan. 14 about New Mexico's plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a statement by an EPA spokeswoman. The statement should have been attributed to EPA spokeswoman Nancy Grantham, not Christine St. Clair.
- The Latest: EPA reviews New Mexico's plans to sue over spill Updated: Jan-14-16 4:41 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The latest on New Mexico's plans to sue the EPA over a toxic mine spill (all times local):
- Samaritan Health plans rehab center in Sweet Home Updated: Jan-14-16 2:14 pm
CORVALLIS, Oregon - Samaritan Health Services plans to convert an assisted living community in the Oregon city of Sweet Home into a drug and alcohol treatment center.
- Report: NPS river trips hostile to women in Grand Canyon Updated: Jan-12-16 5:42 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers have preyed on their female colleagues, demanding sex and retaliating against women who refused, a federal investigation found.
- Kanawha County files lawsuit over 2014 chemical spill Updated: Jan-12-16 10:03 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The Kanawha County Commission and city of Charleston have filed a lawsuit against several companies over the 2014 Elk River chemical spill.