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Frequent sewer overflows from wet weather dampen Pittsburgh summer


Elena Infante is tired of raw sewage polluting her training regimen. Sewer overflows into rivers and streams, brought on by heavy spring and summer rains, have forced Infante and others preparing for next month’s Pittsburgh Triathlon to train indoors for the race’s swimming portion. During sewer overflows, which can carry raw sewage and garbage into the rivers, the Allegheny County ...

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Boil water notice issued for Weslaco after utility issue

WESLACO, Texas — A South Texas city has issued a boil water notice because of issues with a treatment system. City officials in Weslaco on Wednesday announced all water meant for public consumption must be boiled. A statement from the city of about 37,000 says operational problems Tuesday night led to a treatment plant not able to deliver water. Authorities ...

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Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires

LA RONGE, Saskatchewan — Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday to help battle raging wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest. Premier Brad Wall said it is the biggest evacuation effort in Saskatchewan’s history. Karen Hill, a spokeswoman ...

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New research fuels ongoing fight over methane emissions

Eleven new studies published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology today suggest that methane emissions in North Texas are 50 percent higher than estimates based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas inventory, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. In 2013, the EPA dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas such as methane, ...

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Mayflower oil spill consent decree put up for court approval

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The federal government has asked a U.S. District Court judge to approve a final version of a consent decree with the state of Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower in central Arkansas. The U.S. Department of Justice filing says Arkansas and two Exxon Mobil subsidiaries are in agreement about the decree. ...

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Pirates players step up and help save groundskeeper

Several Pittsburgh Pirates players made the biggest play of the night when they helped to free a groundskeeper who got swallowed by a billowing tarpaulin that was being pulled over the infield when storms rolled through Allegheny and surrounding counties on Tuesday evening. Matt Gerhardt, field maintenance supervisor for the Pirates, suffered no serious injuries when strong wind gusts blew ...

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Some in Dakotas struggle with forest fire smoke from Canada

BISMARCK, N.D. — Smoke from forest fires in Canada is causing problems for some people in the Dakotas, and health officials are urging people to limit exposure to the smoke. The haze from wildfires in Saskatchewan has blanketed the region since last week. David and Kelly Andrews of Napoleon, North Dakota, who both have asthma, told KXMB-TV that they have ...

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Rail car worker found dead inside tanker in Southeast Texas

ORANGE, Texas — Investigators say a worker has been found dead inside a tanker at a business that does maintenance on railroad cars. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the worker as 42-year-old Martin Parks Jr. of Beaumont. The sheriff’s department received an emergency call Monday night from Rescar Industries in Orange. A co-worker discovered the victim inside ...

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Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

PORTLAND, Maine — As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held ...

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