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Tests reveal PFAS contamination in 40 La Crosse-area wells

Jan. 14, 2021 6:42 PM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of La Crosse-area wells are contaminated with forever chemicals known as PFAS, tests revealed. At least 40 wells that provide private drinking water on French Island are contaminated with PFAS levels above recommended standards, the La Crosse Tribune reported Wednesday. The...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks with reporters during a news conference at his office in Lansing, Mich. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

List of officials charged in Flint water crisis, allegations

Jan. 14, 2021 6:06 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Here are the former Michigan, state-appointed and local officials charged in the Flint water crisis, titles at the time, and charges, allegations and maximum penalties they face if convicted: - Gov. Rick Snyder: Two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Failed to inquire into...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., after the accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine. The Navajo Nation's Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

Jan. 13, 2021 8:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals....

Wyoming expects below normal spring runoff this year

Jan. 12, 2021 4:43 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Most rivers in Wyoming will be at below-average levels this spring, a report said. The report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that the North Platte River, which runs through Casper, will be at less than half of its average where it enters the Nebraska...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016 file photo, water analysis test kits for Flint, Mich., residents to pick up for lead testing in their drinking water are set out on a table at Flint Fire Department Station No. 1 in Flint. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP, File)

Key moments in Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water crisis

Jan. 12, 2021 4:18 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, contaminating it with lead. Here’s a look at some key moments since then: ___ April 2014: To save money, Flint begins drawing water from the Flint River for...

In this June 20, 2012, photo Chad Landress, a biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, holds a June sucker in Utah. Twenty years ago, June suckers were well on their way to oblivion due to Utahns’ use of Utah Lake as a place to dump pollution and stock with sport fish and other nonnatives. Today, the suckers are coming back in the wake of costly efforts to clean up the lake’s degraded habitat, rid its water of invasive carp, raise suckers at secure refuges and hatcheries, and restore a major delta that is hoped to once again serve as a safe nursery for young fish. (Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

A once-endangered fish is bouncing back in Utah Lake

Jan. 9, 2021 8:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Twenty years ago, June suckers were well on their way to oblivion due to Utahns’ use of Utah Lake as a place to dump pollution and stock with sport fish and other nonnatives. Few noticed the disappearance of the June sucker, regarded as a trash fish, until it was almost too...

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2008 file photo shows, one of many signs that have popped up in yards, on trees and along roads in the Lake Township, Mich., section of Menominee County, where the proposed Aquila Resources Inc. mine would be located. Administrative Law Judge Daniel Pulter has overruled state regulators who granted a permit required for construction of the open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula, in a decision released Monday. Jan. 4, 2021, creating another delay for a project that has been debated for nearly two decades.(AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

Michigan judge nullifies crucial permit for mining project

Jan. 5, 2021 6:17 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has overruled state regulators who approved a key permit for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula, another delay for a project that has been debated for nearly two decades. Administrative Law Judge Daniel Pulter invalidated a wetlands permit granted...

Report on Chesapeake Bay health remains at a D-plus grade

Jan. 5, 2021 11:53 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The nation's largest estuary is still getting a D-plus grade for its overall health, according to a report released Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. While the grade for the bay's health remained the same, the score dropped one point from the foundation's last report two years...

Lawmaker seeks acknowledgment of river's improved quality

Jan. 2, 2021 10:53 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A state senator wants to upgrade the Androscoggin River's water quality rating to acknowledge the turnaround of a river that was once heavily polluted by paper mills and other industries. State Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, said he hopes a bill raising the quality rating from Class C...

PFAS found in few Ohio drinking water systems

Dec. 29, 2020 4:34 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Testing shows that potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS aren’t widely contaminating the more than 1,500 public drinking water systems in Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Those manmade chemicals, sometimes called “forever...