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20 barrels of oil by-product spill in McKenzie County crash

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Twenty barrels of produced water spilled into a small creek in North Dakota's McKenzie County after a truck that was carrying the material crashed on an icy road, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday. The truck operated by Blackshirt, LLC was transporting produced water, which is...

Federal funds target West Virginia wastewater plant repairs

Dec. 13, 2019 4:20 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in West Virginia is receiving more than $1.4 million to repair damage caused by severe flooding in 2017. The grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to the city of McMechen’s sewer treatment plant in Marshall County,...

500 grass-eating carp released into overgrown Louisiana lake

Dec. 13, 2019 3:51 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 500 grass-eating carp were released into a Louisiana lake on Thursday to help gobble up vegetation taking over the water, Baton Rouge parks and recreation officials said. The combination of a warmer winter and an excess of nutrients from runoff has allowed vegetation to...

Acting top Nevada water official since January given the job

Dec. 13, 2019 2:30 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s acting top water regulator since January has been given the job permanently. Department of Conservation & Natural Resources chief Bradley Crowell announced Thursday that Tim Wilson was promoted to state engineer and Division of Water Resources administrator....

New Hanford cleanup contract worth up to $10B awarded

Dec. 12, 2019 8:17 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, it announced Thursday. The Tri-City Herald reports under the current contract, almost 1,700 workers are cleaning up contamination primarily in the center of the...

State orders cleanup of aggregate spill into Detroit River

Dec. 12, 2019 7:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators have ordered a company to clean up limestone and other materials that its tenant spilled into the Detroit River last month. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy sent a violation notice Wednesday to Erickson's Inc., the owner of the...

US water chief praises Colorado River deal, sees challenges

Dec. 12, 2019 7:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more action Thursday from the nation’s top water official. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman told federal, state and...

Environmental groups sue steel mill over lake chemical spill

Dec. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EST

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing a steelmaker for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility more than 100 times in the past five years, including an August spill that killed more than 3,000 fish. The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Hoosier...

Wisconsin county's threat to journalists came from top

Dec. 12, 2019 4:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin county's ridiculed resolution that sought to dictate, under the threat of prosecution, how the media could report about a contentious water study was the brainchild of a neighboring county's top official, newly released records show. The ideas for the Lafayette County...

Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

Dec. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at least 257 people — though other experts have said the disaster could have been prevented. The report...