Water environment

In this photo taken taken Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, the Finnish icebreaker Polaris is moored in Helsinki after an oil spill response drill testing an in-built recovery system, a first for an icebreaker. The vessel can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
October 03, 2018 - 1:53 am
HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker. The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018, file photo, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is shown at a gathering in Vancouver, Wash. A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to consider a bill offered by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the panel’s top Democrat. Cantwell calls the conservation fund “the key tool” that Congress uses to help communities “preserve recreation opportunities and make the most cost-effective use of the land.” (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
October 02, 2018 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over...
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September 25, 2018 - 12:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames outside the British capital on Tuesday, officials said. The unusual sighting happened in the Gravesend area about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of London. It was reported to be feeding near a number of barges. TV news helicopters filmed...
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CORRECTS TO GRAY MATERIAL, NOT GRAY FLUIDS - In this image made from Friday Sept. 21, 2018 drone video provided by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, light gray material flows out of a flooded coal ash dump toward the Cape Fear River at Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton Power Station in Wilmington, N.C. Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence breached a dam at the plant's 1,100 reservoir on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018, flooding a dump containing 400,000 cubic yards (305,820 cubic meters) of coal ash. The gray ash left over when coal is burned to generate electricity contains mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals. (N.C. Department of Environmental Quality via AP)
September 22, 2018 - 4:37 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton...
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In this aerial photo taken Sept. 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence. (NOAA via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 7:49 am
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday that...
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In this aerial photo taken Sept. 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence. (NOAA via AP)
September 19, 2018 - 6:16 pm
Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 17, 2018 - 8:18 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 16, 2018 - 3:52 pm
As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina...
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Homes along the New River are flooded as a result of high tides and rain from hurricane Florence which moved through the area in Jacksonville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 16, 2018 - 2:55 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 5:55 p.m. North Carolina's chief lawyer says he's looking into accusations that retailers are bilking customers through exorbitant prices as Hurricane Florence and the storm's remnants have crossed the state...
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Oceanfront homes sit over rough surf from tropical storm Florence in Nags Head NC., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 15, 2018 - 7:55 pm
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Florence are producing flash flooding and major river flooding in the southeastern part of North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center says excessive amounts of rain are...
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