Pollution

February 14, 2018 - 10:50 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — State environmental officials say many toxins found in a river in western North Carolina earlier this month exceed state safety standards for health and aquatic life. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the Department of Environmental Quality issued a report Tuesday on a...
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February 13, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. The White House's 2019 spending plan seeks to reduce or eliminate climate science programs across an array of federal...
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FILE -In this June 12, 2014 file photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. The Interior Department says it is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those that were in force before the Obama administration changed the regulation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 12, 2018 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those in force...
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February 12, 2018 - 4:31 am
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The little-studied compound that was found in a North Carolina river last year has also been found in a well under a West Virginia Chemours facility. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Chemours, a Delaware-based company that sells fluoroproducts, is testing drinking...
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February 09, 2018 - 5:19 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation designed to expand North Carolina's response to a little-studied chemical and other unregulated contaminants in drinking water supplies has cleared the state Senate. Senators approved a measure Friday that directs a review of the state's pollutant discharge...
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February 08, 2018 - 12:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina appeals court considering whether to keep alive a lawsuit seeking to force Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by coal ash (all times local): 12:15 p.m. A North Carolina appeals court is deciding whether to keep alive a five-...
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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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February 07, 2018 - 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California commissions that oversee coastal lands and water pushed the Trump administration Wednesday to leave the state out of plans to expand offshore drilling, warning the state would block pipelines to get oil back to land. The agencies weighed in ahead of a public...
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In this Jan. 30, 2018, photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly released emails show Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency’s website, especially President Obama’s signature effort to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 02, 2018 - 1:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency's website, especially President Obama's signature effort to reduce planet-warming...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel drinks water during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey. The European Union said Thursday Feb.1, 2018, the rules governing water quality will change to improve access to drinking water and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
February 01, 2018 - 10:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. The European Commission said Thursday the rules will oblige the bloc's 28 countries to improve access to...
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