Latest Water quality 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 to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Environment groups, company settle lawsuit over landfill

Jan. 14, 2022 12:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two environmental groups have settled a federal lawsuit with a waste management company over allegations the company’s landfill in New Hampshire leaked toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Under the settlement reached this week, Casella Waste Systems and its...

Manatee feeding experiment starts slowly as cold looms

Jan. 13, 2022 13:57 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An unprecedented, experimental attempt to feed manatees facing starvation in Florida has started slowly but wildlife officials expressed optimism Thursday that it will work as cold weather drives the marine mammals toward warmer waters. A feeding station...

Hawaii tenants sue landlord over tainted Navy water

Jan. 12, 2022 23:11 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Hawaii housing complex are asking a judge to stop their landlord from charging them rent until their tap water is safe from contamination. Kapilina Beach Homes in Ewa Beach used to be Navy housing. The Navy entered into a partnership with a private...

Year later, Flint water criminal cases move slowly in court

Jan. 12, 2022 19:03 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An attorney for Michigan's former health director urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges arising from the 2014-15 Flint water crisis, saying the criminal case would have a chilling effect on public employees at all levels of government. ...

Port on Columbia River fined $1.3M over nitrate violations

Jan. 12, 2022 16:26 PM EST

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has fined the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River $1.3 million for repeatedly over-applying agricultural wastewater on nearby farms in an area that already has elevated levels of groundwater nitrates. The Capital Press reports the state Department...

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...