Latest Water quality News

Boil-water advisory ends in Dayton, Ohio

Feb. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Boil-water advisories have ended for the Dayton, Ohio, area. City authorities said late Friday morning that water samples were clear of bacteria, and Montgomery County followed later in the day after concluding water was safe to drink without boiling first. Some 100,000 people began...

EPA hits chemical maker for not notifying on new compounds

Feb. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A chemical maker's North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said this week. The Chemours Co. also failed to provide information...

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Feb. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system...

Broken pipe puts much of a city under boil-water advisory

Feb. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A water line broke in one of Ohio's largest cities Thursday, forcing some 100,000 customers to boil their water, closing schools and disrupting diners' Valentine's Day plans. Crews located the leak early Thursday under the Great Miami River and were working to repair it. There was no...

Chemicals contaminating US water supplies focus of EPA plan

Feb. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

Feb. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too...

EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew...

Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018

Feb. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted...

Judge won't end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight

Feb. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to end a decades-old court order that oversees water quality and environmental restoration in the sensitive Florida Everglades. Miami U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno rejected a motion by the South Florida Water Management District to end a decree signed in...