Latest Water quality News

Footwear maker will pay $113M over polluted drinking water

Feb. 21, 2020 4:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A footwear maker's cost to resolve a lawsuit over contaminated drinking water in western Michigan is $113 million, but it will be less due to a $55 million payment from chemical giant 3M. The consent decree among Rockford, Michigan-based Wolverine World Wide, the state of Michigan and...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to combat PFAS pollution

Feb. 21, 2020 11:59 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republicans hastily put together a bill addressing PFAS contamination and pushed it through to the Senate early Friday, just moments before adjourning for the year. The bill gives Rep. John Nygren of Marinette cover on the campaign trail this summer. His northeastern...

Environmentalists: Lake Erie won't recover without new rules

Feb. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Political leaders and environmentalists who have spent years pushing Ohio to adopt a pollution diet to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie say the state's plan to do just that will fall short if there are no new regulations on farmers. They contend that the only way the lake will...

Judge OKs settlement over western Michigan contamination

Feb. 20, 2020 9:43 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful “forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. Wolverine...

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard. The agency is targeting a class of...

FILE – In this June 3, 2019 file photo, the New York City skyline is seen behind Raritan Bay from Middletown, N.J. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies said it is resuming its effort to gain approval from New Jersey environmental regulators for a nearly $1 billion pipeline that would bring natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, out into Raritan Bay and into the ocean before reaching New York and Long Island. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

Transco back again, seeking permits for Eastern gas pipeline

Feb. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — A hotly contested proposal to build a pipeline to take natural gas to customers in New York City and Long Island is back before New Jersey regulators. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would add to the existing Transco pipeline and would carry enough gas to heat 2.3 million...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. Federal officials got an earful of complaints Wednesday night, Feb. 19, 2020, from scores of New Hampshire communities over a plan to further reduce nitrogen in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

Great Bay communities express doubts about EPA cleanup plan

Feb. 20, 2020 6:05 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Federal officials got an earful of complaints Wednesday night from scores of New Hampshire communities over a plan to further reduce nitrogen in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. In the draft Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, the Environmental...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, water contaminated with arsenic, lead and zinc flows from a pipe out of the Lee Mountain mine and into a holding pond near Rimini, Mont. The community is part of the Upper Tenmile Creek Superfund site, where dozens of abandoned mines have left water supplies polluted and residents must use bottled water. The Trump administration has built up the largest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund projects awaiting clean-up in at least 15 years, nearly tripling the number of sites where clean-ups are ready to go but awaiting money, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program’s first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday. The federal government wrapped up cleanups at...

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Brennan dredging units work on the Fox River near Ashwaubenon, Wis., as part of the PCB removal project. A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly. The proposals up for a vote Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called to address growing concerns about groundwater contamination in the state. (H. Marc Larson/The Green Bay Press-Gazette via AP, File)

Wisconsin Assembly passes bipartisan water quality bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed $10 million package of 13 bills designed to combat groundwater contamination on Tuesday, with lawmakers calling it a good start but not enough to address the persistent and growing problem. Ten of the 13 bills passed unanimously. Despite the broad support,...

Maryland bill would ban plastic carryout bags from stores

Feb. 18, 2020 5:06 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Plastic carryout bags would essentially be a thing of the past in Maryland if a bill in the General Assembly gathers enough lawmakers’ votes. The bill would ban plastic carryout bags at the “point of sale” next year in July, require stores to charge customers a...