Latest Water quality News

DNR issues PFAS fish consumption advisory for Monroe County

Apr. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is urging people to limit consumption of fish from a Monroe County creek due to PFAS contamination. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the DNR issued the warning Thursday. The...

New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in ash from a week of violent eruptions. The...

Global warming's extreme rains threaten Hawaii's coral reefs

Apr. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii's steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were...

Washington state proposal targets Boeing plant’s pollution

Apr. 14, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing will spend millions of dollars and decades cleaning up pollutants that have seeped into the soil and groundwater beneath one of their plants in Washington state, a state-mandated draft proposal said. TCE, or Trichloroethylene, is one of many...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. ...

Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr. 13, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. ...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

Final settlements inked in poultry plant pollution lawsuits

Apr. 12, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Monday gave final approval to a $65 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of residents of a southern Delaware community affected by groundwater contamination from a local poultry processing facility. ...

Wisconsin justices weigh sweeping environmental cases

Apr. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard a pair of far-reaching environmental lawsuits on Monday that could define the limits of factory farming and high-capacity well regulations and determine how far state agencies can go when interpreting state law. ...

Deadline extended for comments about groundwater plan

Apr. 10, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has again extended the public comment period on the reclassification of groundwater as non-potable in parts of Bennington and Shaftsbury because of PFAS pollution. The deadline to submit...