Latest Water environment News

Trip to Haiti makes Naomi Osaka appreciate her good life

Jan. 21, 2019 3:20 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka said she's just returned from Haiti where some people struggle to get clean drinking water. This makes her appreciate even more getting into the Australian Open quarterfinals — and her own good life. Haiti is her father's birthplace — her mother Tamaki...

Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest

Jan. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made his first visit to Basra on Sunday, promising better water and electricity services after riots swept through the impoverished city last summer. Demonstrators set fire to nearly every government building in the summer unrest and torched most...

Recycling company settles lawsuit over river pollution

Jan. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metals recycling facility will make more than $1 million in improvements to settle a lawsuit claiming the company discharged dangerous chemicals into the Duwamish River. KING-TV reports the lawsuit was filed against Seattle Iron and Metals by Puget Soundkeeper, which monitors water...

15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

Jan. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael...

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead,...

Court allows sale of troubled Oregon dairy farm to proceed

Jan. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has allowed the proposed sale of the troubled Lost Valley Farm to proceed despite objections by Oregon agencies over who will clean up the dairy's wastewater and manure. Court-appointed trustee Randy Sugarman recently entered into an asset purchase agreement...

Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan

Jan. 17, 2019 4:19 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why the federal Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with Minnesota regulators when the state was considering whether to issue a key water pollution permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Detroit amid auto show

Jan. 15, 2019 9:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil-water advisory for downtown Detroit and nearby areas following a weekend water main break . The affected area included hotels and the Cobo Center, where the annual North American International Auto Show opened Monday for news media from around the world. Drinking...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Jan. 15, 2019 5:58 AM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve...

Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

Jan. 15, 2019 2:42 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions. Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South...