Latest Freshwater pollution News

Recycling company settles lawsuit over river pollution

Jan. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metals recycling facility will make more than $1 million in improvements to settle a lawsuit claiming the company discharged dangerous chemicals into the Duwamish River. KING-TV reports the lawsuit was filed against Seattle Iron and Metals by Puget Soundkeeper, which monitors water...

Indiana regulators review coal ash pond cleanup plans

Jan. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana environmental regulators are reviewing utilities' cleanup plans for dozens of coal ash ponds, with one environmental group concerned that the plans don't do enough to address potential contamination. The cleanup efforts come after utilities across the country admitted last year...

Lawsuit prompts Seattle metal recycler to cut pollution

Jan. 18, 2019 2:14 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A major Seattle scrap metal recycler has agreed to make an estimated $1 million worth of pollution-control improvements to settle a federal lawsuit. The conservation group Puget Soundkeeper alleged that Seattle Iron and Metals Corp. has been discharging contaminated wastewater and stormwater...

Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide public water disputes

Jan. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a series of legal disputes that could have far-reaching implications for state regulators' power to protect public waters from pollution and overuse. A state appeals court panel asked the high court Wednesday to settle 10 lawsuits over natural...

Judge: Wisconsin improperly gave up authority to dairy group

Jan. 16, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has restored Wisconsin's authority to protect water quality after ruling it was improperly given up in a settlement with a dairy industry group. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge William Pocan ruled last week to restore the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources'...

Michigan Sugar Company settles air, water pollution lawsuit

Jan. 15, 2019 12:00 PM EST

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality. The agreement settles a lawsuit the DEQ filed against Michigan Sugar Co. in August...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Detroit amid auto show

Jan. 15, 2019 9:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil-water advisory for downtown Detroit and nearby areas following a weekend water main break . The affected area included hotels and the Cobo Center, where the annual North American International Auto Show opened Monday for news media from around the world. Drinking...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Jan. 15, 2019 5:58 AM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve...

Correction: Sealants Lawsuit story

Jan. 14, 2019 12:01 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a story Jan. 13 about Minnesota cities suing makers of coal-tar sealants over stormwater contamination, The Associated Press misidentified attorney Robin Greenwald as a man. Greenwald is a woman. A corrected version of the story is below: 7 Minnesota cities sue over sealants polluting...

Shutdown scuttles meeting on groundwater contamination

Jan. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public meeting on groundwater contamination in a western Michigan community has been postponed because of the partial federal government shutdown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had scheduled the gathering for Jan. 23 at...