Latest Water pollution News

15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

Jan. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Detroit amid auto show

Jan. 15, 2019 9:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil-water advisory for downtown Detroit and nearby areas following a weekend water main break . The affected area included hotels and the Cobo Center, where the annual North American International Auto Show opened Monday for news media from around the world. Drinking...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Jan. 15, 2019 5:58 AM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve...

Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

Jan. 15, 2019 2:42 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions. Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South...

Report: Nation's biggest estuary hit hard by pollution

Jan. 7, 2019 5:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Heavy rains that brought additional pollution downstream last year contributed to the first decline in a decade to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a report released Monday. The bay's health grade sank from a C-minus in 2016 to a D-plus in the 2018 State of the...

Some fear groundwater near Georgia military bases is toxic

Jan. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Groundwater near Georgia military bases remains contaminated from a toxic firefighting foam used for decades by the U.S. Air Force, prompting fears among residents about their exposure to the chemicals. Recent tests at Georgia's three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of...

Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida

Dec. 29, 2018 1:12 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year. Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number...

Hundreds of surfers in Santa suits ride waves in Florida

Dec. 24, 2018 4:00 PM EST

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The waves of red in the waters off Florida's Space Coast weren't the dreaded red tide algae but rather hundreds of surfers dressed as Jolly Old St. Nick. Hundreds of surfers in Santa suits jumped on their boards off the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Monday in what has become an...

Flint students getting laptops thanks to Musk Foundation

Dec. 21, 2018 11:47 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A donation from tech billionaire Elon Musk will provide laptop computers to middle school students in Flint, Michigan, as the city recovers from a contaminated water crisis. The Elon Musk Foundation is giving about $424,000 for the project helping seventh and eighth grade students. The...

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

Dec. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its...