Latest Drinking water quality News

FILE - In this July 14, 2017 file photo, The Tennessee Valley Authority's coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 billion removal project, the federal utility said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

TVA to choose from 2 landfills for coal ash removal project

Nov. 16, 2020 7:41 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 million removal project, the federal utility said Monday. A TVA report said it has narrowed down the primary...

Maine officials say water not safe to drink for 6,000

Nov. 13, 2020 4:52 PM EST

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine told 6,000 residents not to drink water from their faucets following a report of a strange odor and taste. The Maine Water Company was notifying customers in Skowhegan on Thursday not to drink or consume the water, WABI-TV reported. Officials said they...

Wyoming to help petroleum industry with coronavirus funding

Nov. 12, 2020 6:20 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will use federal coronavirus relief funding to help petroleum companies move ahead with oil and gas drilling projects interrupted by the pandemic and plug idle wells. North Dakota already has been using Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding for well...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2014 file photo shows a stream flowing through the New Jersey Pinelands region in Lakehurst, N.J. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, New Jersey officials sued three companies, demanding that they clean up chemical contamination of the environment, including waterways, in West Deptford and Edgewater, in an effort to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by so-called “forever chemicals” used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

New Jersey sues 3 firms over chemicals in drinking water

Nov. 10, 2020 5:39 PM EST

New Jersey is upping its efforts to force chemical companies to pay for decades of contamination of waterways by substances including so-called “forever chemicals,” used to stain-proof clothing and produce nonstick cookware, that have become ubiquitous in everyday life. The state Attorney General's...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

32 Union College students sickened by diarrheal illness

Oct. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — At least 32 students at an upstate New York college have been diagnosed with a diarrheal illness commonly linked to contaminated lakes, streams and wells. The Union College students tested positive for giardiasis, while other students showed symptoms of the intestinal disease,...

Officials mark completion of Navajo water treatment plant

Oct. 22, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

DZILTH-NA-O-DITH-HLE, N.M. (AP) — Construction is complete on a water treatment plant that will help provide the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas with a clean and reliable source of drinking water. Years in the making, the project is the result of a settlement agreement over water rights in the San...

Monitoring finds PFAS in some water in Michigan community

Oct. 22, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — State environmental regulators are looking into whether some residents in a northern Michigan community have been using drinking water contaminated with chemicals. Groundwater monitoring wells have returned elevated results for PFAS — perfluoroalkyl and...

N. Carolina sues for damages in 'forever chemicals' release

Oct. 13, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River. Attorney General Josh Stein, who is also a plaintiff in the...

FILE -- In this Sept. 20, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The pontiff on Saturday, Oct. 10 recorded a video message to a TED conference on climate change, that will be released later Saturday night. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope in TED talk: Earth cannot be squeezed 'like an orange’

Oct. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet and help the poor in his second TED talk. The pontiff, known for his affinity for social media and technology, said in a videotaped message to a TED conference on climate change that the coronavirus pandemic...