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  • TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast.

  • BOSTON— The Latest on legislation to increase the supply of hydropower and offshore wind energy in Massachusetts:. Charlie Baker is praising a long-awaited bill that seeks to make Canadian hydropower and offshore wind more prominent pieces of the state's energy landscape. Baker called the measure a "very strong bill" that would help diversify the energy...

  • Those solicitations could be conducted jointly with other New England states or with "state-designated entities." Charlie Baker filed his own version of the bill last summer and has repeatedly called it one of his most important priorities of the legislative session that ends on July 31. He's said the measure is a critical step in reducing greenhouse gas...

  • A 'bathtub ring' surrounds Lake Mead near Hoover Dam, which impounds the Colorado River at the Arizona-Nevada border, on March 30, 2016

    Lake Mead, the largest U.S. reservoir, has declined to its lowest level since it was first filled during the 1930s, according to The Desert Sun.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire is a big step closer to getting a $236 million judgment after the U.S. Supreme Court said this week it wouldn't hear Exxon Mobil's appeal regarding its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. New Hampshire sued Exxon and other oil companies in 2003 for damages to remediate MTBE contamination, saying...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal regulators announced tighter guidelines Thursday for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades in such consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the stricter guidelines for the chemicals after years of pressure from public...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Constitution Pipeline Company has appealed New York's denial of a critical permit and asked a federal court to take away the state's permitting authority for the project. The state Department of Environmental Conservation last month denied a water quality permit for the 124- mile pipeline from Pennsylvania's shale fields to eastern New York.

  • Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. A second company, Progression Hawaii Offshore Wind, is proposing a $1.8 billion, 400 megawatt wind farm using 40 to 50 floating turbines off Oahu's South Shore, in waters that are also about a half-mile deep.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear Exxon Mobil's appeal of a $236 million judgment for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in New Hampshire. Exxon Mobil wanted the judgment thrown out because New Hampshire was not required to prove that individual water supplies were contaminated. New Hampshire sued Exxon...

  • SANTIAGO, May 13- A team of scientists will determine if salmon producers dumping tons of dead fish into the Pacific contributed to a massive "red tide" that is wreaking havoc among fishermen in southern Chile, the government said on Friday. The red tide- an algal bloom that turns the sea water red and makes seafood toxic- is a common, naturally recurring phenomenon in...

  • Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said. The sheen is near Shell's Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform, which sits in water with a depth of 2,900 feet. Brutus began operation in 2001 and was designed...

  • CARACAS, May 9- Venezuela's socialist government has extended a two-day workweek for public sector employees for another two weeks because of a drought that has sapped hydroelectric power generation in the OPEC country. Maduro's rivals have called the shortened workweek foolhardy, arguing that sending employees home will not solve the power crunch and...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 6- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission next week will issue $240 million in wastewater revenue "green" bonds, the first infrastructure municipal bonds to meet specific criteria under a new environmental standard for water projects. The commission is planning a competitive sale of $308 million of revenue bonds, of which $240 million...

  • UK's Royal Research Ship could have been called 'Boaty McBoatface'

    More than 124 thousand people voted for the ship to be called 'Boaty McBoatface.'

  • FLINT, Mich., May 4- President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured angry residents that their children would be fine in the long term despite the "complete screw-up" that contaminated their drinking water with lead. Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in...

  • FLINT, Mich., May 4- President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured parents that children over 6 years old could do the same during a visit to a city still reeling from a scandal over lead-poisoned drinking water. "The water around this table was Flint water that was filtered," Obama said during a meeting with regulators as he...

  • Obama will get updates from federal officials on the response in Flint, a mostly African-American city where more than 40 percent of the city's 100,000 people live in poverty. "Like you, I'll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community," Obama wrote last week to Amariyanna Copeny, an eight-year-old Flint girl who has marched in protests about the...

  • Personal submarine modeled after a drone

    Designer Graham Hawkes says his new creation is part Formula One car, part submarine, and part drone.

  • *India output likely to drop below demand for first time in 7 yrs. MUMBAI/ LONDON, April 27- India is likely to become a net importer of sugar in 2016/ 17 as back-to-back drought years dry irrigation channels and ravage cane fields, with output in the country's biggest producing state seen dropping over 40 percent. "India will need to import next year due to a production...

  • LATUR, India, April 27- Haribhau Kamble, an unemployed labourer in India's richest state of Maharashtra, is forced to queue for hours in scorching heat to fetch water even as the government puts on trains to ship water to the region parched by back-to-back drought years. "The government says it is bringing water by train every day, but we are getting water once a week,"...