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FINED $40 MILLION FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING: PRINCESS CRUISE LINES WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cruise line that regularly stops in St. Thomas has to pay a $40 million penalty for intentional illegal discharges from one of its vessels, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a Dec. 1 Justice

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DPNR SAYS NOT SAFE: Chenay Bay in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – In its weekly beach advisory the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said one beach on St.  Croix is not considered safe for swimming or fishing. DPNR said that Chenay Bay Beach on the East End of St. Croix

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WASHINGTON — Half of all coral species in the Caribbean went extinct between one and two million years ago, probably due to drastic environmental changes. Which ones survived? Scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) think one group of survivors, corals in the genus Orbicella, will continue to adapt

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CHRISTIANSTED — A tropical disturbance in the southwest Caribbean has an 80 percent chance of becoming a depression in the next four days, forecasters said today. The National Hurricane Center said it will continue to watch a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean that could become a depression or named storm later

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CHRISTIANSTED — Eight beaches in the territory failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said that five of the beaches are in St. Croix, two in St. Thomas and one in St.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A possible outbreak of Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) — popularly known as “pink eye” has been identified in the St. Thomas district, according to local health officials. The V.I. Department of Health was notified by a St. Thomas ophthalmology practice that 30 patients have been diagnosed with a

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NOT SAFE: Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted FREDERIKSTED – In its weekly beach advisory the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said one beach on St. Croix is not safe for swimming or fishing. DPNR said that Rainbow Beach on the West End of Frederiksted is not fit for swimming

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The number of locally-acquired Zika virus cases reported in the territory increased by 62 in the past week, bringing the total to 524. According to health officials, while the number of confirmed cases continues to grow after a downward trend of new cases that had lasted for more

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to investigate potential groundwater contamination at the Tutu Wells Superfund Site despite the fact that the site was considered clean three years ago. Geoffrey Garrison, an on-scene liaison for the EPA in the territory on the project, said this weekend

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MAPP: Out front on the environment CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp has signed his proposal designed to reduce litter and protect marine life into law on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, according to a prepared statement from Government House. Bill No. 31-0379 will restrict the use of plastic shopping bags

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