Latest Water quality News

Oil spill settlement to fund loon conservation projects

Jun. 19, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A half-dozen projects in New England and New York are slated to receive more than $3.5 million in funding to help protect common loons. Loons have been the focus of conservation efforts throughout the country, and they have slowly come back in...

State has major win in Buckhorn mine Clean Water Act case

Jun. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a summary judgment in favor of Washington state against two gold mining companies over years of water pollution stemming from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

EU experts helping Sri Lanka assess ship disaster damage

Jun. 18, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A team of technical experts from European Union are helping Sri Lanka's government assess the environmental damage caused by the sinking of a container ship that was carrying chemicals and caught fire, the government said Friday. The experts...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Jun. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Plumes of toxic oceanic bacteria known as red tide continued to move up the western Florida coast, strewing thousands of dead fish on beaches while state officials tried to reassure Floridians and potential tourists Thursday that the outbreak was being taken...

Citgo to pay $19.7M for Louisiana spill environmental damage

Jun. 17, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Citgo Petroleum Corp. of Houston has agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims from...

Company agrees to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

Jun. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations stemming from the company’s oil production activities in North Dakota, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Phoenix Petroleum LLC has agreed to pay...

EPA holds public meeting on former copper mine cleanup

Jun. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday about the cleanup of a former copper mine in Strafford. The $90 million cleanup of the Elizabeth Mine Superfund site started in 2001. Two years ago officials started...

Fire-ravaged ship sinks, prompting Sri Lankan pollution fear

Jun. 17, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A container ship carrying chemicals sank off Sri Lanka’s capital on Thursday nearly a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. The ship's operator said the wreck of the Singapore-flagged X-Press...