Latest Drinking water quality News

Wyoming regulators aid oil, gas industry with tax suspension

Apr. 1, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have voted to suspend a tax for six months to help oil and gas companies weather hard times in their industry. Tuesday's vote by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission suspended the conservation tax for the first time in its 60-year history. The 5-cent tax on...

New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination

Mar. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law. The law requires schools' drinking water equipment to be tested by Jan. 1, 2023 and take action if results show lead at higher...

Expert: Flint children's baby teeth to be examined for lead

Mar. 16, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A pediatrician and public health expert says about 100 baby teeth from Flint children will be evaluated to determine lead exposure, nearly six years after the city's drinking water was contaminated after a switch to a new source. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped end the city's use of river...

Well contamination prompts request for Air Force brass visit

Mar. 10, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's congressional delegation is asking the Secretary of the Air Force to visit Dover Air Force Base to address concerns about elevated levels of chemical contaminants in wells near the military installation. State environmental regulators were recently notified by base officials...

FILE - In this July 14, 2017 file photo, The Tennessee Valley Authority's coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tenn. Groundwater in wells at the plant have tested for excessive levels of arsenic and lead. The Tennessee Valley Authority says it plans to move toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to an off-site landfill. The nation's largest utility says it is considering six landfills in the South after it decided to move millions of cubic yards of coal ash from the old Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis rather than keep the material in place.(AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

TVA to remove coal ash from retired Tennessee plant

Mar. 6, 2020 5:27 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to move toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to an off-site landfill, at the cost of roughly $300 million, the federal utility said Friday. TVA is considering six landfills in the South after it decided to move 3.5 million cubic...

FILE – This Feb. 4, 2018, file photo shows Ray Kemble speaking with reporters outside the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose, Pa. Houston-based Cabot Oil Gas Corp pulled out of settlement talks aimed at resolving its $5 million lawsuit against Kemble whose drinking water was contaminated and who has spent years bashing the energy industry. Cabot says it pulled out of a settlement conference scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2020, because there has been no progress in talks. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam, File)

Gas driller pulls out of talks in $5M suit against resident

Mar. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EST

One of Pennsylvania’s largest gas drillers pulled out of settlement talks aimed at resolving its $5 million lawsuit against a resident whose drinking water was contaminated and who has spent years bashing the energy industry. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. sued Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his...

Man accused of posting phony documents on city water quality

Mar. 1, 2020 12:56 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is facing felony charges after authorities say he posted fabricated water quality results on social media that caused panic in the city of Brandon. A Minnehaha County Grand Jury earlier this week indicted Kristopher Gagnon, 47, on a pair of forgery charges, the...

In this aerial photo, water is slowly draining from the freeway after a water main break east of the location flooded all lanes, closing the freeway in both directions, at the intersection of 610 and Clinton Drive, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in east Houston. Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on the flooded freeway. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston boil order lifted after water deemed to be safe

Feb. 29, 2020 1:55 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A boil order for most of Houston that was issued after a water main ruptured was lifted Saturday morning. City officials said test results reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showed that the water met regulatory standards and was safe to drink. The boil order was...

In this aerial photo, water is slowly draining from the freeway after a water main break east of the location flooded all lanes, closing the freeway in both directions, at the intersection of 610 and Clinton Drive, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in east Houston. Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on the flooded freeway. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Water main break in Houston strands drivers, closes schools

Feb. 27, 2020 8:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on a flooded freeway and prompting emergency officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city to deploy tanker trucks to mitigate any fire...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo Interior Secretary David Bernhardt joins President Donald Trump as he speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Trump administration moved Thursday on a water-recycling push it says could get good use out of more of the wastewater that industries, cities and farms spew out, including the billions of barrels of watery waste generated by oil and gas fields each year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US considers more water recycling _ including from oilfields

Feb. 27, 2020 7:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Thursday on a water-recycling push it says could get good use out of more of the wastewater that industries, cities and farms spew out, including the billions of barrels of watery waste generated by oil and gas fields each year. Some environmental groups eye...