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Confederate statues are covered in tarps while being stored at a waste water treatment plant near downtown Tuesday July 14, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The city of Richmond removed several of the statues along Monument Ave. where they will be stored until suitable sites can be found for them. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Confederate statues stored at Richmond waste water plant

Jul. 14, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

At least some of the Confederate monuments that have been recently removed from places of prominence in Richmond, Virginia, are being stored on the grounds of a waste water treatment plant, photographs show. Photos taken this week by The Associated Press and Richmond Times-Dispatch show a collection of statues...

Manchester reaches deal with feds to improve river quality

Jul. 13, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Two federal agencies have reached a deal with New Hampshire’s largest city to enact measures aimed at helping reduce river pollution. The agreement announced Monday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and Manchester calls for implementing a 20-year plan to...

Delaware officials find a COVID-19 gold mine — in sewers

Jul. 12, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — New Castle County’s new approach to tracking coronavirus estimates the amount of positive cases is more widespread than state testing has revealed. The strategy stems from a partnership between New Castle County Public Works and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology startup...

Chattanooga to keep testing wastewater for coronavirus

Jul. 10, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Chattanooga plans to keep testing local wastewater for the prevalence of COVID-19 into 2021 after a study in May that showed thousands more cases of the virus than what was reported by local health officials, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Throughout May,...

EPA to temporarily close Colorado mine bulkhead for study

Jul. 8, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to temporarily seal a bulkhead at one of the most polluted mines in a Colorado region as part of a study of the region's water. The EPA plans to close a bulkhead valve at the Red & Bonita Mine, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday....

Egg processor to pay $827,500 fine, make $2M in upgrades

Jul. 7, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

DAVID CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska egg processing company has agreed to invest $2 million in upgrades to its facility to limit pollution and pay an $827,500 fine as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state. The EPA said that Henningsen Foods has installed equipment at its...

In this undated photo provided by Biobot in June 2020 technicians take a sewage sample. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. And that can provide a valuable addition to public health tools, they say. (Biobot via AP)

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Jul. 6, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage. Yes, sewage. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak of the...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

This Sept. 26, 2018 photo provided by the Grand Canyon National Park shows a wastewater treatment plant at Phantom Ranch. People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on the wastewater treatment plant.(Grand Canyon National Park via AP)

Options for overnight stays deep within Grand Canyon limited

Jul. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on a wastewater treatment plant. The plant at Phantom Ranch needs an overhaul because it doesn't meet current state requirements for effluent, park...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...