Latest Drinking water quality News

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Minnesotans are drinking water contaminated by nitrate

Jan. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Years of unchecked agricultural pollution has led Minnesotans to drink tap water that is contaminated with unsafe levels of nitrate, a chemical associated with cancer and other serious health problems. In a report released Tuesday morning by the Environmental Working Group, it was found...

Hall high students fundraising for The Thirst Project

Jan. 14, 2020 1:47 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Students at Hall High School are holding a fundraiser to benefit the Thirst Project, a nonprofit that works to help others gain access to safe, clean drinking water. To educate the rest of the school, those who organized the fundraiser welcomed a representative from the Thirst...

State Rep. Todd Novak, center, gathers members of a bi-partisan water pollution task force in the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, to announce recommendations for curbing contamination from manure and fertilizer. The group released its recommendations to reduce contamination after a year's worth of work, releasing 13 bills Wednesday that call for creating a new water policy office, increasing state funding for county conservation workers and increasing grants for well reconstruction or replacements. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

Lawmaker task force urges $10M for clean water initiatives

Jan. 8, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan water pollution task force proposed more than a dozen bills Wednesday designed to curb contamination across Wisconsin, capping a year's worth of research and discussion. Groundwater pollution has been a growing problem in Wisconsin over the last 20 years, creating a rift...

Newspaper: Lab found chemicals in water near SC airbase

Jan. 7, 2020 8:01 AM EST

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A newspaper says it found high levels of a toxic chemical in the drinking water near one of South Carolina's largest military bases. The Post and Courier paid University of Rhode Island researchers to examine tap water at the Crescent Mobile Home Park near Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter...

EPA collects 11K gallons of water from contaminated site

Jan. 5, 2020 1:35 PM EST

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency collected roughly 11,000 gallons of water from a contaminated industrial site in suburban Detroit, officials said. Groundwater and soil samples were taken Friday from Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights, The Royal Oak Tribune...

Former Alaska refinery owner ordered to pay for solvent leak

Jan. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former owner of an Alaska crude oil refinery has been ordered to pay millions in damages for releasing large amounts of a refinery solvent, sulfolane, into groundwater and polluting hundreds of residents' drinking water wells. Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Warren Matthews in...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a Newport Town Hall Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Newport Opera House in Newport, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Sanders says he'll enact national drinking water standards

Dec. 31, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he would enact federal drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals that have caused widespread contamination in New Hampshire and other states. New Hampshire recently set some of the nation's toughest...

NH city unsure who will pay for water treatment facility

Dec. 26, 2019 5:25 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city has not decided who will pay for an estimated $15 million to $20 million water treatment plant to clean up an aquifer, according to the mayor-elect. Positive tests for dangerous chemicals led to the closure of two wells in Dover's Pudding Hill Aquifer, Foster's Daily...

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014 file photo shows a model of a fighter jet outside former Grumman Corp. plant in Bethpage, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 that if defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy don't act swiftly, the state will start construction on its own on a system to contain and treat a nearly 7-square-mile swath of pollution from the former manufacturing facilities in Nassau County. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

New York ready to fight polluters over $585M cleanup bill

Dec. 22, 2019 2:43 PM EST

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — New York is moving forward with a $585 million plan to clean up a massive plume of underground contamination left from Long Island's heyday as a defense and aerospace manufacturing hub, and it's ready to take polluters to court over the bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that if...