Latest Freshwater pollution News

Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way

Dec. 11, 2018 3:54 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Seesawing temperatures across several southern states were gradually melting snow from a wintry storm, but also "transforming slushy roads into treacherous ice" during the morning commute, one governor warned Tuesday. Sunny skies in North Carolina and Virginia were helping to thaw out...

EPA: Fish damage from mine spill wasn't severe, long-lasting

Dec. 5, 2018 6:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. An EPA report released last week analyzed the 2015 spill at the inactive Gold King Mine in...

NC environmental chief: Chemical maker must change its ways

Nov. 23, 2018 4:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The largest penalty a polluter has paid North Carolina should change the way one of the country's biggest chemical companies makes compounds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said appear dangerous even in small amounts, the state's top environmental official said Friday. A...

State denies permit to Arkansas hog farm near Buffalo River

Nov. 20, 2018 6:36 PM EST

VENDOR, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas environmental regulatory agency denied a permit for a hog farm Monday because of concerns that pig waste might be contaminating the nearby Buffalo River. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued a final decision that C&H Hog Farm in Vendor can no longer...

WHO says Iraq river pollution toxic to fish

Nov. 20, 2018 8:53 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The World Health Organizations said Tuesday that laboratory tests completed after a shocking fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia. Fishermen were stunned to find that hundreds of tons of carp had died...

Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed outside home

Nov. 18, 2018 10:32 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of Basra residents mourned a Muslim cleric on Sunday who police said was killed outside his home after he suggested that protesters should take up arms over poor public services in the city. Wissam al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations demanding clean water and...

Criminal case as pollution surges in Russian river

Nov. 17, 2018 7:25 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian investigators have opened a criminal case after finding pollution levels in a local river far exceeded norms, with ethyl alcohol levels charted at 5,400 times the acceptable limit. This was just one of several indicators reported Friday by the North-Western Transport...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

Nov. 14, 2018 6:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer...

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 10:15 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...