Latest Water quality News

The Latest: President Trump grants Iowa disaster declaration

Mar. 23, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state....

Brazilian miner Vale says dam in danger of collapse

Mar. 23, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian mining giant Vale said Saturday that communities in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais have been ordered to evacuate after independent auditors found that one of its dams could collapse at any moment. On Friday, the company raised the level of risk at a mining waste dam...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

Mar. 21, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the...

Benzene warning lifted near Houston-area petrochemical plant

Mar. 21, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

Residents near a petrochemical storage terminal in the Houston suburb of Deer Park were warned to shelter in place for several hours on Thursday after elevated levels of benzene were detected in the air. The warning was lifted around noon after air-quality readings improved, but health officials said air...

Army bill for public records on contaminant: About $300,000

Mar. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has put a price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at military installations: nearly $300,000. In a March 12 letter, the Army told the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group, that the military would charge the group $290,400 to...

Hawaii bills push 1st state ban on plastics in restaurants

Mar. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure targeting fast-food and full-service restaurants...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK'd for dinner

Mar. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an...

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

Mar. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters. A corrected version of the story is below: SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar...

Gillibrand highlights contaminated water in New Hampshire

Mar. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters' important issues on the ground — or, in some cases, underground. The U.S. senator from New York held two roundtable discussions Friday in New Hampshire communities struggling with contaminated...