Latest Drinking water quality News

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...

New TVA head says board right on coal plant closures

Apr. 12, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shutting down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant is the right decision, the new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Friday. President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate majority leader who hails from Kentucky had previously criticized the move. Jeff Lyash took over as president...

California town destroyed by fire issues 1st rebuild permits

Mar. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Small signs of rebuilding the California town of Paradise after it was destroyed by wildfire are sprouting this spring, including the issuing of the first permits to rebuild two the 11,000 homes destroyed five months ago. The city issued the first permit Thursday to Jason and Meagann...

Wells Fargo CEO Sloan steps down after rocky tenure

Mar. 28, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo's CEO Tim Sloan stepped down Thursday, saying he'd become too much of a political target after a rocky tenure during which the deeply troubled bank dealt with a seemingly unending wave of scandals. Sloan said in a statement he will give up his roles as CEO and president as well...

Federal utility eyes removal of coal ash from Memphis plant

Mar. 27, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is eying options to unearth and move toxin-laden coal ash from a Memphis power plant to an off-site landfill. A new Tennessee Valley Authority report rules out options at the Allen Fossil Plant that would leave coal ash totaling 3.5 million cubic yards where it is...

Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells

Mar. 26, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides. Major flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and...

'Second disaster' warned in Mozambique as cholera a concern

Mar. 26, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique faces a "second disaster" from cholera and other diseases, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday, while relief operations pressed into rural areas where an unknown number of people remain without aid more than 10 days after the storm. Some 1.8...

Gillibrand highlights contaminated water in New Hampshire

Mar. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters' important issues on the ground — or, in some cases, underground. The U.S. senator from New York held two roundtable discussions Friday in New Hampshire communities struggling with contaminated...

CEO of troubled Wells Fargo says bank is stronger

Mar. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of beleaguered Wells Fargo told Congress Tuesday that the bank has cleaned up its act after a series of scandals that affected millions of customers. But Democrats — and some Republicans — on the House Financial Services Committee didn't seem to be buying it. Wells...

New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

Mar. 11, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do. The New Mexico environment department,...