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Judge: DNR can continue PFAS sampling, but can't enforce

Jan. 26, 2022 12:17 PM EST

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources can continue to test wastewater for PFAS but can't take legal action against polluters until state lawmakers set water quality standards for the compounds, a Jefferson County judge ruled. In a decision issued this week,...

Report: Vandalism leads to oil well spill near Watford City

Jan. 24, 2022 19:09 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say a produced water spill at an oil well near Watford City Sunday was due to vandalism. North Dakota Oil and Gas Division officials said valves were opened on the location, leading to a spill of more than 18,000 gallons. Most of the wastewater had...

Maryland sues Baltimore over wastewater plant discharges

Jan. 22, 2022 16:39 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state of Maryland has sued Baltimore over what is considers excessive pollution discharges from a pair of wastewater treatment plants, saying repeated issues stand to upset efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay over the next few years. The lawsuit, filed in...

US, Colorado reach proposed settlement in 2015 mine spill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who’s responsible for continuing cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste that fouled rivers with a sickly yellow...

NJ announces early plan for $1B on water infrastructure

Jan. 20, 2022 17:12 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey unveiled initial plans Thursday for $1 billion in federal funds for new drinking and wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. The new cash infusion is “exciting," and amounts to a “once-in-a-generation” investment, said Department of...

Rehoboth Bay reopens to shellfish harvesting after spill

Jan. 19, 2022 08:53 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials announced the reopening of the Rehoboth Bay to shellfish harvesting Tuesday after a 21-day emergency closure prompted by a spill of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a residential sewer line. The Department of Natural...

Port on Columbia River fined $1.3M over nitrate violations

Jan. 12, 2022 16:26 PM EST

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has fined the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River $1.3 million for repeatedly over-applying agricultural wastewater on nearby farms in an area that already has elevated levels of groundwater nitrates. The Capital Press reports the state Department...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

Iowa sues Sioux City over wastewater scheme, river pollution

Jan. 07, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa said Friday that it is suing Sioux City over what it says was the city’s manipulation of wastewater testing results and dangerous pollution of the Missouri River in a scheme that saw the wastewater plant’s former supervisor sentenced to jail. ...

Ohio company will pay nearly $250K for Michigan fish kill

Jan. 06, 2022 10:59 AM EST

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A paper mill in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has agreed to pay nearly $250,000 to settle an investigation of a fish kill in the Escanaba River, state regulators said. A “catastrophic pipe failure” at the Verso Corp. site in Escanaba resulted in a discharge...