Latest Freshwater pollution News

Pentagon official: Michigan pollution study needs more time

Apr. 25, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official has told northern Michigan residents four more years of study are necessary to get a handle on toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base that are polluting drinking water. Michigan Radio and MLive.com report Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson spoke...

Air Force official to discuss community's water pollution

Apr. 23, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official is scheduled to visit a northern Michigan community where toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base are polluting drinking water. Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson will hold a public forum Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Oscoda. Sen. Gary Peters of...

Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont seeing spring flooding

Apr. 21, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

Flood warnings are continuing along low-lying areas in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont where rivers are overflowing with runoff from spring snowmelt and heavy rains. In Maine, the Kennebec River was over its banks Sunday morning on Front Street in Augusta. A flood watch remains in effect for much of...

Environmental groups want ruling on coal ash water pollution

Apr. 19, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee environmental groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution from a coal ash dump. The groups sued to force the Tennessee Valley Authority to clean up coal ash pits at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. Court...

Editorials from around New England

Apr. 19, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

MASSACHUSETTS Republican of Springfield April 17 It's been a quarter-century since former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld ran a successful campaign. Back then, in 1994, Weld was easily re-elected as the Bay State's chief executive. He was a liberal Republican, libertarian-leaning, in an era when there were still...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Arizona copper mine reports test facility is operational

Apr. 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A copper mine southeast of Phoenix is ready to begin working toward commercial production following the initial success of its small-scale test phase, mine officials said. Florence Copper's production test facility has become fully operational, expecting to produce about 1 million...

Forecast: Minor flooding likely along Pemigewasset River

Apr. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say minor flooding is likely and moderate river flooding is possible due to combination of snowmelt and runoff from rainfall. The National Weather Service has posted flood warnings for the Pemigewasset River at Woodstock Monday afternoon through the evening....

Ohio River agency again looking at revising pollution rules

Apr. 15, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A commission that watches over the Ohio River's health across six states is looking at making some of its pollution standards for the river voluntary. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has been considering changes to the standards for more than a year. Last year, it put...

Report: Uranium plumes for Bluewater Mill site 'stable'

Apr. 14, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico believed to be coming from a closed mine aren't growing, U.S. officials said in a report released last month. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded the plumes in the San Andres-Glorieta and Ancestral Rio San Jose...