Latest Freshwater pollution News

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Jan. 17, 2022 14:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation. A towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier...

Work continues on removing lead water lines in Benton Harbor

Jan. 16, 2022 09:34 AM EST

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — More than 400 water service lines in Benton Harbor have been replaced or verified to be free of lead, according to state officials. City officials also are reviewing bids from contractors for removal of an estimated 3,900 lead service lines, Michigan's...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

US Navy to drain Hawaii tank system blamed for tainted water

Jan. 11, 2022 21:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — After initially resisting, the U.S. Navy will comply with Hawaii's order to remove fuel from a massive underground storage tank facility near Pearl Harbor blamed for contaminating drinking water, officials said Tuesday. The Navy is making preparations to defuel the...

Charges filed against Electron Hydro over river pollution

Jan. 11, 2022 13:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three dozen criminal charges have been filed against Electron Hydro and its chief operating officer Thom Fischer in connection with a 2020 spill of crumb rubber into the Puyallup River. Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed the 36 gross misdemeanor...

DNR set to allow factory farm expansion in Kewaunee County

Jan. 11, 2022 10:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental regulators are set to allow a factory dairy farm accused of contaminating Kewaunee County drinking water to expand, angering conservationists. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the state Department of Natural Resources has drafted...

Komatsu executive: Oil spill 'should never have happened'

Jan. 09, 2022 11:12 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An executive with Wisconsin manufacturing company Komatsu says the spread of oil from a spill on the Menomonee River in Milwaukee last month could have been avoided if the company had quickly notified local authorities. John Koetz, Komatsu’s president of surface...

Iowa sues Sioux City over wastewater scheme, river pollution

Jan. 07, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa said Friday that it is suing Sioux City over what it says was the city’s manipulation of wastewater testing results and dangerous pollution of the Missouri River in a scheme that saw the wastewater plant’s former supervisor sentenced to jail. ...

Judge gives preliminary OK to $34M contamination settlement

Jan. 06, 2022 15:47 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a $34 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against a chemical company over contamination of groundwater and soil in a southern Vermont community. Notices are going out to hundreds of potential suit...

US close to ending buried nuke waste cleanup at Idaho site

Jan. 03, 2022 20:57 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lengthy project to dig up and remove radioactive and hazardous waste buried for decades in unlined pits at a nuclear facility that sits atop a giant aquifer in eastern Idaho is nearly finished, U.S. officials said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week...