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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

Aug. 6, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant program for state's...

Water company to pay $5 M for hazardous waste violations

Aug. 5, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5 million in fines for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of...

Officials: 3,700 gallons of sewage spills in North Carolina

Aug. 5, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

MARION, N.C. (AP) — Excessive rain from Tropical Storm Isaias caused nearly 3,700 gallons (14,006 liters) of sewage to spill into a river in North Carolina, officials said. The discharge happened at the Clinchfield sewer pump station in Marion when rainfall entered into the collection system Monday, the...

Denver facility to use wastewater pipes to generate energy

Aug. 4, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Officials say sewer pipes carrying wastewater from a Colorado meeting complex will be used to generate clean power as part of the largest sewer heat recovery system in North America. The Denver Post reports that officials overseeing redevelopment of the National Western Center campus said...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Sewage shows the decline in COVID-19 cases in 1 SC city

Aug. 4, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Proof that the spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has ended can now be found in the sewage in one city, officials said. Clemson has been measuring the level of virus in the city's wastewater weekly since late May. There was a spike in mid-June to coincided with a rapid increase...

Georgia city starts $1.8M basin to hold back sewer spills

Jul. 31, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia city has started construction on a $1.8 million basin at its sewage treatment plant that's designed to prevent spills into a river that flows into Florida. Valdosta city officials broke ground on the project recently at the city's Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment...

Trash rests piled up on a street Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The COVID-19 pandemic has frustrated efforts to keep Philadelphia's streets clear of garbage this summer. Residents complain about the stink and the flies. (Kara Kneidl via AP)

Philadelphia trash piles up as pandemic stymies its removal

Jul. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

What would Ben Franklin think? The Founding Father who launched one of America’s first street-sweeping programs in Philadelphia in the late 1750s would see and smell piles of fly-infested, rotting household waste, bottles and cans as the city that he called home struggles to overcome a surge in garbage...

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill blocking Oahu landfill expansion

Jul. 30, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state lawmakers have passed a bill that would block the planned expansion of the landfill used for large commercial projects including the demolition of Aloha Stadium and Honolulu’s rail system. PVT Land Co. countered that the measure could force the company to raise disposal...

Regulators lose bid to avoid subpoenas in wastewater case

Jul. 29, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by state environmental regulators to challenge a judge’s decision ordering them to turn over information to property owners suing a poultry processing company over wastewater violations. A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that...