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EPA to help with university's Casco Bay preservation effort

Aug. 8, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Maine university more than $650,000 to support a water conservation effort in Casco Bay. The EPA is giving the money to the University of Southern Maine in support of the university's Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and its...

Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

Aug. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Lawyers for the U.S. government and one of the groups seeking...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

Aug. 6, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant program for state's...

Water company to pay $5 M for hazardous waste violations

Aug. 5, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5 million in fines for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of...

Officials: 3,700 gallons of sewage spills in North Carolina

Aug. 5, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

MARION, N.C. (AP) — Excessive rain from Tropical Storm Isaias caused nearly 3,700 gallons (14,006 liters) of sewage to spill into a river in North Carolina, officials said. The discharge happened at the Clinchfield sewer pump station in Marion when rainfall entered into the collection system Monday, the...

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Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Aug. 4, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress. “There hasn’t...

Denver facility to use wastewater pipes to generate energy

Aug. 4, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Officials say sewer pipes carrying wastewater from a Colorado meeting complex will be used to generate clean power as part of the largest sewer heat recovery system in North America. The Denver Post reports that officials overseeing redevelopment of the National Western Center campus said...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Sewage shows the decline in COVID-19 cases in 1 SC city

Aug. 4, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Proof that the spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has ended can now be found in the sewage in one city, officials said. Clemson has been measuring the level of virus in the city's wastewater weekly since late May. There was a spike in mid-June to coincided with a rapid increase...

2 community forests expand to protect water, wildlife

Aug. 4, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — One of the oldest and one of the newest community forests in New Hampshire have added to their size, to protect drinking water, wildlife, and recreation, in partnership with The Conservation Fund. The Gorham Town Forest added 2,020 acres and the Milan Community Forest added 678 acres....