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Laura Maria de Almeida shows her home's water storage container, full of cloudy, smelly water, on her roof in the Complexo de Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020. De Almeida said cloudy water isn't unusual in her community, but police are investigating workers at a state utility after smelly tap water flowed into dozens of neighborhoods of the Brazilian city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Rio police investigate utility, workers for malodorous water

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water. Investigator Júlio Filho said police will question...

Workers move bottled water to be sold at a supermarket in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods, and residents are hoarding bottled water. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

Jan. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. People in the metropolitan area have taken to social media to show glasses...

Governor calls Rio de Janeiro water problems "inadmissable"

Jan. 14, 2020 8:51 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After days of reports of foul tasting or smelling tap water in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, Gov. Wilson Witzel has called for analysis of the water's quality as well as management at local utility Cedae. “The disorder the population has been suffering due to the...

Water company pleads guilty to hazardous waste violations

Jan. 9, 2020 10:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG...

A worker hands a piece of lead pipe to a colleague as they work to remove water service lines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Trenton, N.J. The city announced it is replacing 37,000 lead pipes over five years as part of an an effort to remove the potentially harmful pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

Old lead pipes pushes replacement plan in New Jersey capital

Jan. 9, 2020 1:54 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — All 37,000 of the lead water pipes in New Jersey's capital city will be replaced over the next five years at an estimated cost of $150 million, Trenton officials said Thursday. The announcement comes about five months after the state's biggest city, Newark, said it would speed up the...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, a firefighter walks near a flaming house in Santa Rosa, Calif. An Associated Press review shows widespread problems with the four “public safety power shutoffs” the utility started rolling out in 2018, a year before massive blackouts paralyzed much of California in recent months. Interviews and documents obtained under public records requests reveal persistent failures and broken promises that in some cases compromised public safety. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

AP Exclusive: PG&E’s history with blackouts signaled trouble

Dec. 20, 2019 3:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state senators grilling the CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. were upset — like millions of other Californians, some spent days in the dark when the nation’s largest utility shut off power during windstorms this fall. The lawmakers demanded that the executive...

Massachusetts regulators issue new standards for toxins

Dec. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state regulators have issued new standards for toxic compounds in drinking water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the country, and there is growing evidence that long-term...

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

Dec. 11, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the utility is monitoring whether it's affecting public water supplies. CEO Jeff Lyash acknowledged the contamination during a media tour Tuesday of the...

Michigan townships, company reach deal over contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 8:00 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan townships reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water, officials announced Tuesday. The tentative deal between Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine World Wide calls for the company to pay...

The Turow lignite coal mine near the town of Bogatynia, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland has an impact on the environment and communities near the border of three neighboring countries, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm among residents who fear things might get even worse. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...