Latest Water quality News

With accounts flush, budget talks come down to schools aid

Jun. 24, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With a week to go until the state's budget deadline, Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working through their remaining differences as they try to produce an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan that they say will marshal...

Grain terminal settles lawsuit over storm water discharges

Jun. 24, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington grain terminal will pay nearly $1 million after settling a lawsuit with the Columbia Riverkeeper that claimed the terminal operated without necessary permits meant to monitor river pollution. Export Grain Terminal, LLC., which operates...

Texas city residents allowed to drink tap water again

Jun. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa may again safely drink tap water without having to first boil it, the city announced Saturday. The decision to lift the boil water order came after water samples sent for testing Friday were determined to be safe by...

Oregon hikes Port of Morrow water pollution fine to $2.1M

Jun. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has increased the Port of Morrow’s groundwater contamination fine to $2.1 million following additional wastewater violations. The agency added $800,000 to the Port’s original $1.3 million fine Friday for...

Texas city residents could drink tap water again on Saturday

Jun. 17, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa who have been without safe tap water this week amid scorching temperatures may be able to drink safely straight from the faucet as early as Saturday afternoon, city officials said Friday. Samples from the Odessa area...

State: Chemical company likely source of Flint River spill

Jun. 16, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities focused on a chemical company Thursday as the likely source of a spill that has left a dark oily sheen for miles on the Flint River. Lockhart Chemical in Flint was cooperating with state regulators and removing material from underground storage...

New Mexico reaches $32M settlement over 2015 mine spill

Jun. 16, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and the U.S. government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. Similar environmental accidents will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with shrinking water...

Residents improvise as Texas city rushes to turn water on

Jun. 16, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa improvised emergency water supplies after a water system outage left them high and dry for days amid scorching heat, even as utility crews scrambled Wednesday to restore normal service. The city said taps in 165,000 homes and businesses lost...

Several thousands of gallons of oily material in Flint River

Jun. 15, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Several thousands of gallons of an oil-based, dark black material with a petroleum smell spilled into the Flint River in Flint, authorities said Wednesday. The spilled appeared to be 5 miles (8 kilometers) miles long, Jill Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Michigan's...

EPA: 'Forever chemicals' pose risk even at very low levels

Jun. 15, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds found in drinking water are more dangerous than previously thought and pose health risks even at levels so low they cannot currently be detected. The two compounds,...