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Meetings cancelled as New Mexico agency stretches resources

Aug. 11, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel that oversees water quality and permitting issues across New Mexico was forced to cancel its scheduled meeting Tuesday, marking the second time in as many months that the state Environment Department finds itself without the staff needed to organize meetings for the boards...

New Mexico close to adopting oil and gas water rules

Aug. 11, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to adopting a set of rules focused on wastewater produced during oil and gas operations. The Oil Conservation Commission is expected during its meeting in early September to vote on the final language after hashing out a draft during a virtual public...

Western Michigan city OKs device to turn waste into a fuel

Aug. 8, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city is moving ahead with a nearly $34 million project to equip its wastewater treatment plant with a egg-shaped device that will break down waste and turn it into a fuel. The Holland City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract calling for construction of an...

Rural Maine water districts get federal help for improvement

Aug. 8, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A pair of water districts in rural Maine areas is receiving nearly $5 million from the federal government to make upgrades. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the money in the form of grants and loans to the Bridgton Water District and the Milo Water District. It's part...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

Aug. 6, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant program for state's...

Water company to pay $5 M for hazardous waste violations

Aug. 5, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5 million in fines for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of...

Officials: 3,700 gallons of sewage spills in North Carolina

Aug. 5, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

MARION, N.C. (AP) — Excessive rain from Tropical Storm Isaias caused nearly 3,700 gallons (14,006 liters) of sewage to spill into a river in North Carolina, officials said. The discharge happened at the Clinchfield sewer pump station in Marion when rainfall entered into the collection system Monday, the...

Denver facility to use wastewater pipes to generate energy

Aug. 4, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Officials say sewer pipes carrying wastewater from a Colorado meeting complex will be used to generate clean power as part of the largest sewer heat recovery system in North America. The Denver Post reports that officials overseeing redevelopment of the National Western Center campus said...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Sewage shows the decline in COVID-19 cases in 1 SC city

Aug. 4, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Proof that the spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has ended can now be found in the sewage in one city, officials said. Clemson has been measuring the level of virus in the city's wastewater weekly since late May. There was a spike in mid-June to coincided with a rapid increase...