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Regulator approves plan to bury coal ash in Memphis

Nov. 24, 2021 13:33 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Regulators have given approval to a plan by the Tennessee Valley Authority to bury toxin-laden coal ash in southeast Memphis. The federal utility received final approval from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation last week, a...

Mississippi loses Supreme Court water fight with Tennessee

Nov. 22, 2021 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rejected a claim that the Memphis, Tennessee, area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states. The high court's first decision of the term...

New Mexico city moves ahead with desalination project

Nov. 13, 2021 11:05 AM EST

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — One southeastern New Mexico city is taking another step forward as it looks for an “unlimited” source of water. The Eunice City Council recently voted to have a Hobbs-based engineering firm continue studying the benefits of building a...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...

Big tech data centers spark worry over scarce Western water

Oct. 25, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Conflicts over water are as old as history itself, but the massive Google data centers on the edge of this Oregon town on the Columbia River represent an emerging 21st century concern. Now a critical part of modern computing, data centers help...

Enbridge fails to meet aquifer cleanup deadline in Minnesota

Oct. 17, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge has failed to meet a deadline set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for cleaning up a site where an aquifer ruptured during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline, DNR officials said. The agency had given the company until...

What's old is new again: Justices back at court for new term

Oct. 04, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court returned to the courtroom Monday for the start of a momentous new term, after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Abortion, guns and religion all are on the agenda for a court with a rightward tilt,...

Air Force base in New Mexico tries to speed cleanup

Sep. 26, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cannon Air Force Base is starting work with nearby landowners to test their water and soil for a group of chemicals known as PFAS. Tests will help the military determine where an underground contamination plume migrated off the base, the...

Enbridge ordered to pay $3M for Line 3 groundwater leak

Sep. 17, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The state Department of Natural...

Farmers restore native grasslands as groundwater disappears

Sep. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

MULESHOE, Texas (AP) — Tim Black‘s cell phone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It's important not to waste a drop. His family's future depends on it. ...