Latest Freshwater pollution News

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...

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...

Oregon House approves 10-year ban on 'fracking'

Mar. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved a 10-year ban on fracking to explore for oil and natural gas. Lawmakers voted 42-12 on Monday to prohibit the process, which injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. There...

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...

The Latest: Flooding prompts disaster proclamation in Iowa

Mar. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation that allows state resources to be used in response to flooding in the state. Reynolds on Thursday also activated the state...

US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

Mar. 12, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas...

New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

Mar. 11, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do. The New Mexico environment department,...

Tennessee Valley Authority defends coal ash cleanup actions

Mar. 8, 2019 4:09 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority this week defended its relationship with a contractor accused of subverting safety precautions and sickening workers during the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill. In a Wednesday letter to two Tennessee congressmen, TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson...

Peru takes new approach to protecting Amazon: Using military

Mar. 5, 2019 8:39 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru is taking a new approach to combating rampant illegal mining that threatens the delicate Amazon rainforest: Send in the military. Officials inaugurated the first of four military bases Tuesday where soldiers will use drones and satellite images to protect the Amazon. The...

New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination

Mar. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities. The contamination — linked to a class of...