WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said Wednesday.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the state agency conducted tests Tuesday night at Red River Supply, where a massive fire burned much of Tuesday. The Health Department's permanent monitoring system in Williston also didn't record problematic levels of contami…
Court Rules France Responsible in Toxic Algae Case
PARIS (AP) -- A French court has found the state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach killed by toxic algae.
The decision by an appeals court in Nantes represents a victory for environmentalists and for the horse's owner, Vincent Petit, who nearly died himself when he and his mount were suddenly mired in muck that gave off toxic hydrogen sulfide gases emitted by rotting algae.
The court ruled Monday that France failed to sufficiently enforce national and Europe…
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Residents of neighborhoods surrounding three of California's largest oil refineries are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on plant emissions, saying pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.
The residents of Los Angeles' Wilmington area were among about a dozen speakers to address an EPA panel hearing Wednesday on a proposed rule requiring stricter emissions controls and monitoring standards for refineries.
Near Spill, Reservation Wrestles with Oil's Impact
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) -- Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland.
Buffalo's grandfather, though, looked at the lake with pained eyes. Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' building of the Garrison Dam in the 1940s and `50s, it flooded out a…
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine reached a nearby bay.
In its first statement in the two days since the spill was detected, the agency said Thursday it had no confirmed reports that the saltwater had reached the water body that feeds Lake Sakakawea. The lake provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation.
EPA says most of the spill was pool…