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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...

San Francisco officials call for 10% reduction of water use

Nov. 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are asking customers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% due to California’s lengthening drought. The request made Tuesday took effect immediately and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 24, 2021 09:01 AM EST

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov. 22, 2021. Editorial: With guns, safety always must come first Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that do not, on a statewide basis, require a permit to carry a firearm openly, but do require a permit to carry a concealed...

Jackson leaders approve pay hikes for water system workers

Nov. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson city leaders have approved a plan to increase pay for workers at its water plant. Jackson City Council members on Tuesday approved the plan aimed at shoring up the workforce for the aging water system, WJTV reported. ...

Tainted oysters sicken more than 20 after warning lapse

Nov. 23, 2021 17:33 PM EST

CALIFORNIA, Md. (AP) — A water utility warned last month that an overwhelmed sewage system sent more than 25,000 gallons of waste into a Potomac River tributary. But the Maryland Department of the Environment said it wasn’t until Virginia officials investigating a foodborne illness...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Nov. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Chicago Tribune. November 22, 2021. Editorial: A cool glass of Lake Michigan water. Cheap for some, irrationally expensive for others. How long can you go without water before your blood begins to boil? Can you last a day without showering, water for...

Whitmer proposes $300M in water funding for communities

Nov. 18, 2021 17:58 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed $300 million in water spending to help local utilities address elevated lead levels, plan for pipe replacement and connect users of contaminated wells to municipal supplies. The governor said the funding...

Pennsylvania pushes 'forever chemicals' drinking water limit

Nov. 16, 2021 17:47 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Tuesday received preliminary regulatory approval to set a statewide drinking water limit on the presence of two forms of highly toxic chemicals, nicknamed “forever chemicals." The proposed rule, approved by...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Nov. 15, 2021 09:14 AM EST

Traverse City Record-Eagle. Nov. 14, 2021. Editorial: Lingering lead water lines are a nationwide problem Just because we can’t see something, doesn’t mean it won’t hurt us. It seems we find ourselves relearning that lesson...

Southern California drought emergency declared

Nov. 10, 2021 13:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has declared a regional drought emergency due to record dry conditions. Directors made the declaration Tuesday in a resolution that calls for increased efforts to maximize conservation....