Latest Water pollution News

Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

Nov. 13, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska grounded near Vancouver Island, officials said. The Nana Provider owned by Alaska Marine Lines ran aground on Quadra Island around 8 p.m. Saturday, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday....

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:56 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze blanketed India's capital on Tuesday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, considered "severe" and about eight times the recommended maximum, according to...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick haze of polluted air hung over India's capital Tuesday, with authorities trying to tackle the problem by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, about eight times the recommended maximum, according to the state-run Central...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Nov. 9, 2019 4:01 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes Hindu rituals performed beside a polluted river in New Delhi; thick plumes of...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Kentucky removes warning for Ohio River waters

Nov. 7, 2019 1:39 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have removed a public health advisory for harmful algal blooms along the Ohio River. Kentucky's Division of Water and Department for Public Health issued the advisory on Sept. 26 for people using the waterway for recreation from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

Flint mayor ousted as recovery, rebuilding trust continue

Nov. 6, 2019 12:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Flint, Michigan, will continue to recover from a lead-contaminated water crisis with a new mayor, who will in turn work to rebuild residents' shattered trust. Former Flint city councilman and current third-term state Rep. Sheldon Neeley on Tuesday defeated incumbent Mayor Karen...