Latest Water quality News

Company agrees to pay hefty fine in large oil spill case

Sep. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company responsible for the largest oil field spill in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after reaching an agreement with the federal government to pay $15 million in fines. Summit Midstream Partners entered the pleas in...

Cyprus-based firm fined for dumping oily water in Atlantic

Sep. 24, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Cyprus-based company was ordered to pay a $2 million fine Thursday after pleading guilty to charges that one of its ships dumped oily water into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced. The...

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

Sep. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to...

AP PHOTOS: Weeds, sewage choke Kashmir's famed Dal Lake

Sep. 22, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Boatman Noor Muhammad struggles to row as his boat moves deep into famed Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. He presses hard on his oar to untangle the vessel from thick vegetation. “It is very difficult to paddle...

Long-duration storm drops 1-4 inches of rain on Detroit area

Sep. 22, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — No major flooding problems were reported Wednesday in the Detroit area following a nearly daylong steady rain that was the latest batch of wet weather to roll through parts of Michigan and other Midwestern states. By Wednesday morning,...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Federal court rejects Idaho pollution permit for dairies

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms. But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion...

Springfield water commission receives $250M EPA loan

Sep. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has received a $250 million federal infrastructure loan. The loan is designed to help the agency improve water quality and reliability by rehabilitating aging infrastructure throughout the system. ...

Health department: Wells flooded by Ida should be tested

Sep. 16, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Owners of private water wells that might have flooded during Hurricane Ida should have their water tested for contamination, the Louisiana Department of Health said Thursday. The department said in a news release that the wells must be...

Fukushima plant failed to probe cause of faulty filters

Sep. 14, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant have acknowledged they neglected to investigate the cause of faulty exhaust filters that are key to preventing radioactive pollution, after being forced to replace them twice. Representatives of the...