Latest Drinking water quality News

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...

Meeting on proposal to prosecute journalists back on

Nov. 11, 2019 9:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in southwestern Wisconsin are going ahead with a meeting on a resolution that calls for prosecuting journalists who edit an upcoming news release on a water quality study. The Lafayette County Land Conservation Committee was set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. But county...

Capitol Watch: New Yorkers await toxic chemical testing

Nov. 9, 2019 1:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's unclear just when New York will move ahead with ambitious plans that were announced last year to test public water systems for three industrial chemicals. State regulators have been working to require public water systems to test for and clean up three contaminants linked with...

County resolution threatens journalists with prosecution

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least one Wisconsin county official wants to warn any journalists who cover the upcoming release of a regional water quality study: Publish the county's news release summarizing the findings in its entirety without any alterations or risk criminal prosecution. The Lafayette County...

City suspends contract to take polluted runoff from landfill

Nov. 8, 2019 3:19 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Officials in a Massachusetts city say they've suspended a contract that allows a New Hampshire landfill to send up to 100,000 gallons of polluted runoff daily to their plant that treats water bound for a major drinking water source. The Boston Globe reports Lowell officials, pressured...

Navy offers updated plan to reinforce Honolulu fuel storage

Nov. 8, 2019 3:03 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it is considering a new plan to use double-wall tanks to upgrade a fuel storage facility in Honolulu. Hawaii Public Radio reported Thursday that the Navy updated its initial proposal to reinforce tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy says if the...

Landfill wins permit renewal to send runoff into river

Nov. 6, 2019 10:10 AM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire landfill has won renewal of a permit that allows it to send up to 100,000 gallons a day of polluted runoff to a Massachusetts plant that treats water bound for a major drinking water source. The Boston Globe reports federal and state regulators renewed the permit for...

Montana city to get $5.9M for trails, water infrastructure

Nov. 5, 2019 4:18 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The governor of Montana has signed an agreement to settle about $6 million for trails and water infrastructure in East Helena. Independent Record reported Monday that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed the agreement Monday ensuring the community would have clean drinking water and...