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Bill for `forever chemicals' manufacturers to pay North Carolina water systems advances

Jun. 11, 2024 21:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top environmental regulator could order manufacturers of "forever chemicals” to help pay for water system cleanup upgrades whenever they are found responsible for discharges that contaminate drinking water beyond acceptable levels, under legislation...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Atlanta after water system problems

Jun. 06, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in Atlanta no longer must boil water before drinking it, officials said Thursday, six days after a water main break west of downtown affected service and spurred the advisory. Normal water flow and pressure was restored citywide on Wednesday, but more time...

Climate solution: Massachusetts town experiments with community heating and cooling

Jun. 06, 2024 09:39 AM EDT

Jennifer and Eric Mauchan live in a Cape Cod-style house in Framingham, Massachusetts that they've been cooling with five air conditioners. In the summer, the electric bill for the 2,600-square-foot home can be $200. In the winter, heating with natural gas is often more than $300 a...

Atlanta mayor pledges to aid businesses harmed by water outages as he looks to upgrade system

Jun. 05, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor on Wednesday pledged support of a plan to spend $5 million to reimbursing businesses for losses during water outages in the city since Friday, as he promised an assessment of the city’s infrastructure and to deploy monitors to detect leaking pipes. ...

US Energy Secretary calls for more nuclear power while celebrating $35 billion Georgia reactors

Jun. 02, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday called for more nuclear reactors to be built in the United States and worldwide. But the CEO of the Georgia utility that just finished the first two scratch-built American reactors in a generation at a cost of nearly $35...

Downtown Atlanta water service disrupted, forcing business closings and water boil notice

Jun. 01, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

Atlanta officials were slowly repressuring the city's water system Saturday after corroding water pipes burst in downtown and Midtown, forcing many businesses and attractions to close and affecting water service in area homes. The city was handing out cases of water and setting up...

Hawaii judge orders a new environmental review of a wave pool that foes say is a waste of water

May. 29, 2024 22:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has halted plans for an artificial wave pool until developers can revise an environmental assessment to address concerns raised by Native Hawaiians and others who say the project is unnecessary in the birthplace of surfing and a waste of water. In granting...

New Jersey and wind farm developer Orsted settle claims for $125M over scrapped offshore projects

May. 28, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Danish wind farm developer Orsted will pay New Jersey $125 million to settle claims over the company's cancellation of two offshore wind farms last year — a little over a third of what the company once was required to pay. The state's Board of Public...

Vermont governor vetoes bill requiring utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035

May. 23, 2024 17:33 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s governor vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have required state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035, saying it would be too costly for ratepayers. Under the legislation, the biggest utilities would need to meet the goal by 2030. If...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

May. 23, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

The Advocate. May 22, 2024. Editorial: Louisiana should do more to address drinking water crisis The scenes in Killian over the last month — a failing water well, tanker trucks and pallets of bottled water — have become worryingly common in recent years. ...