Latest Drinking water quality News

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. ...

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

Oct. 12, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Midwestern office. Shore will oversee EPA's Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana,...

Eau Claire shuts down more wells due to PFAS contamination

Oct. 12, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Eau Claire has shut down almost half its wells due to PFAS contamination. The city announced in July that it had shut down four of its 16 wells after tests found PFAS levels exceeded the groundwater standard of 20 parts per trillion...

Drinking water advisory is indefinite on French Island

Oct. 07, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — State environmental regulators are prepared to spend more than a half million dollars a year to provide bottled water to nearly 1,200 households on French Island due to concerns about contaminated drinking water. The Wisconsin Department of...

Pipeline developer charged over systematic contamination

Oct. 05, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

The corporate developer of a multi-billion-dollar pipeline system that takes natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale gas field to an export terminal near Philadelphia was charged criminally on Tuesday after a grand jury concluded that it flouted Pennsylvania environmental laws and fouled...

NY plastics plant settles claim over polluted drinking water

Oct. 02, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A plastics company in upstate New York agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming it knowingly polluted well water with a toxic chemical. The Times Union reports the proposed settlement, agreed to by...

Panel to advise state on reducing lead in drinking water

Oct. 01, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A panel of experts is being assembled to advise Michigan officials on how to reduce lead in drinking water. The creation of the seven-member panel was announced Friday by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). ...

Company agrees to pay hefty fine in large oil spill case

Sep. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company responsible for the largest oil field spill in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after reaching an agreement with the federal government to pay $15 million in fines. Summit Midstream Partners entered the pleas in...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Health department: Wells flooded by Ida should be tested

Sep. 16, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Owners of private water wells that might have flooded during Hurricane Ida should have their water tested for contamination, the Louisiana Department of Health said Thursday. The department said in a news release that the wells must be...