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A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court has stopped a lawsuit challenging the state's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams from going to trial. The 4-3 decision Friday dealt a significant defeat to the two environmental groups that sued. They were hoping to get the chance to prove that Iowa should scrap it’s voluntary farm pollution policy and order new mandatory limits on nitrogen and phosphorous pollution. It’s the latest court rejection of an attempt to force the nation’s leading corn and pork producing state to clean up farm pollutants from its major rivers that provide drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Iowans.

A team of technical experts from European Union are helping Sri Lanka’s government assess the environmental damage caused by the sinking of a container ship that was carrying chemicals and caught fire. The experts held discussions with top Sri Lankan officials and stakeholders on Friday, a day after the Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl ship sank off the country’s main port and nearly a month after the vessel caught fire. The 12-day fire ravaged the vessel, destroyed most of its cargo and caused severe pollution in the ocean and along a long stretch of the island nation’s famed beaches. There are concerns that a spill of remaining chemicals and oil from the ship could devastate marine life.

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Government officials say a company hired to extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant used foam containing toxic compounds that have contaminated many U.S. waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the company sprayed foam made with PFAS chemicals onto the fire Tuesday at the Chemtool factory near Rockton, near the Wisconsin line. Federal and state officials say the company switched to a foam without the chemicals after they intervened. PFAS substances are used in many industrial and household products and are called “forever chemicals” because they don't degrade in the environment. Officials are testing groundwater and a nearby river and say no PFAS pollution has been detected.

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Houston-based oil company will pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill in Louisiana. Officials say Citgo Petroleum Corp. already has paid $97 million in other penalties and fines. A news release said Thursday that the agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims. More than 2 million gallons of oil overflowed from wastewater tanks during a storm, spilling into the Calcasieu River and other waterways. The department says the oil polluted about 150 miles of shoreline, killed birds and fish, contaminated habitats, closed the ship channel, and disrupted recreation on the river and lakes.

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A container ship carrying chemicals has sunk off Sri Lanka’s capital nearly a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. The ship’s operator says the wreck of the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl is now sitting on the seabed. It says a salvage crew is at the site to deal with any debris and report any spill. The fire broke out on the vessel on May 20 when it was waiting to enter Colombo's port. The Sri Lankan navy believes the blaze was caused by its chemical cargo, most of which was destroyed in the fire. There are concerns that a spill of remaining chemicals and oil from the ship could devastate marine life.

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An industrial firefighting team continues to battle a fire that has consumed an chemical plant in northern Illinois and forced the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses. Before pouring fire-fighting foam on the now-destroyed Chemtool plant in Rockton, Louisiana-based U.S. Fire Pumps dug a trench around the facility and  placed booms in the Rock River to prevent residual material from escaping. Rockton fire Chief Kirk Wilson said Tuesday smoke plume from the fire has dissipated substantially as a result of U.S. Fire Pumps’ effort. Absorbent booms were installed to prevent contaminants from leaking into the nearby Rock River, which the village relies on for its drinking water.