Latest Freshwater pollution News

Farmer keeps cows out of the creek to fight water pollution

May. 28, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

WIRTZ, Va. (AP) — The herd of Black Angus cows that approached Alex Hunt on his Franklin County farm, hoping for a handout of grain, seemed benevolent enough. But if left to freely roam 430 acres of fields and forest, the cattle would surely head for one of four creeks on the land....

Massachusetts sues companies over use of ‘forever chemicals’

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has sued more than a dozen companies involved in the manufacture or marketing of so-called forever chemicals, alleging they knowingly polluted the environment and endangered public health, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday. ...

North Dakota, federal officials sue over 2016 oil spill

May. 04, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota and the federal government have filed a lawsuit over a large oil spill that contaminated the Little Missouri River and a tributary in 2016. The lawsuit filed this week against Belle Fourche Pipeline seeks civil penalties and nearly...

Biden order to boost mining may not have quick payoff

Apr. 30, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is turning to a Cold War-era law to boost production of lithium and other minerals used to power electric vehicles, but experts say the move by itself is unlikely to ensure the robust domestic mining Biden seeks as he promotes cleaner energy sources. ...

Fetid foam from polluted river plagues Colombian city

Apr. 28, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

MOSQUERA, Colombia (AP) — An immense layer of toxic foam has spilled and blown from a contaminated river into the Colombian city of Mosquera, often breaking into cloudlike chunks that drift with the wind along streets and into yards. Environmental authorities blame discharges from...

Large dairy farm sues state over wastewater permit changes

Apr. 27, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — One of Wisconsin's largest dairy farms is suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over changes to its wastewater permit that require the operators to limit the size of their herd and begin monitoring groundwater in an area where nitrate contamination has...

New Ohio law eases state regulation of some streams

Apr. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulation of streams that flow temporarily after rainfall will be restricted under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. Construction companies, the mining industry and other business groups say removing so-called ephemeral...

New Mexico officials review plan to address potash pollution

Apr. 24, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are reviewing plans submitted by Mosaic Potash to investigate and define the extent of groundwater contamination from discharges associated with potash mining along the Pecos River in southern New Mexico. The state Environment...

VT governor signs bill for toxic exposure medical monitoring

Apr. 21, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law Thursday that will allow people exposed to toxic substances to sue the culpable facility for medical testing or procedures to monitor for diseases from the exposure. The governor's bill signing came three days...

Judge approves $34M settlement over PFOA contamination

Apr. 19, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

A federal judge has given final approval to a $34 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against a plastics company over toxic chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in a southern Vermont community. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation will pay $26.2 million...