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US mayors want federal help to improve old water pipes

Oct. 12, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. mayors say more help is needed from the federal government to replacing old, failing water pipes. Members of the United States Conference of Mayors' Water Council are meeting Friday in Flint, Michigan, which continues to recover from a water crisis. Mayor David Berger of Lima,...

Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps

Oct. 10, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. Mountains of paper...

Ohio River agency holds off vote on dropping pollution rules

Oct. 5, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A commission that watches over the Ohio River's health has put off a vote on whether to move away from its role of setting pollution standards for the river. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission decided against holding a vote Thursday on a change that would leave the...

The Latest: Body of man pulled from flooded Arizona wash

Oct. 4, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on wet weather and flooding in the Southwest (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Authorities in northwestern Arizona say a man has died after his car was swept into a flooded wash bed. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says a rescue helicopter located the body of 34-year-old Joshua...

Rain runoff leads to fatalities, dam danger in Arizona

Oct. 4, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The impact of remnants from Tropical Storm Rosa was still rippling across Arizona Thursday as two people died on roads in separate incidents and, hundreds of miles away, the potential breach at a dam threatened to inundate a Native American village near the Mexico border. The water level at...

Tests: Few heavy metals in river after coal plant dam burst

Oct. 4, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Despite the gray muck that fouled the Cape Fear River near a Wilmington power plant after Hurricane Florence, water tests so far show heavy metals contained in coal ash are within state standards, North Carolina environmental officials said Thursday. Water quality samples collected...

Southern Arizona dam holding as water recedes

Oct. 3, 2018 10:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A southern Arizona dam that had been at risk of breaking and flooding a small village held steady Wednesday as the lake behind it receded after being swollen with runoff from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa. The water level at Menager's Dam dropped about 4 feet (1.2 meters) over the...

The Latest: Tribe is concerned about Arizona dam's integrity

Oct. 3, 2018 10:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on heavy rain in the U.S. Southwest from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities still are concerned about the integrity of a 22-foot-high earthen dam in southern Arizona that was at risk of failing and flooding a small tribal village. Tohono...

Post-Florence coal ash tests at 1 site yet to raise alarms

Oct. 2, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sludge washed from buried coal-ash pits by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters hasn't polluted a neighboring North Carolina river with heavy metals at levels concerning to human health, state environmental officials said. Three old coal-ash dumps capped with soil and trees at Duke Energy...

Toxic site near MetLife Stadium gets $332M cleanup plan

Oct. 2, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — A polluted creek near MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands sports complex that has some of the highest recorded mercury levels of any freshwater ecosystem in the country is moving ahead with a $332 million cleanup plan, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Officials...