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Oregon hikes Port of Morrow water pollution fine to $2.1M

Jun. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has increased the Port of Morrow’s groundwater contamination fine to $2.1 million following additional wastewater violations. The agency added $800,000 to the Port’s original $1.3 million fine Friday for...

New Mexico reaches $32M settlement over 2015 mine spill

Jun. 16, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and the U.S. government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. Similar environmental accidents will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with shrinking water...

Oregon county declares emergency over water contamination

Jun. 11, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon's Morrow County along the Columbia River have declared a local state of emergency after private well testing showed high levels of nitrate contamination. During a Thursday special meeting, Morrow County commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of...

Partly treated sewage is still running into Blackstone River

Jun. 10, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in Rhode Island has been discharging sewage that's only partly treated into the Blackstone River all week, state environmental officials said Friday. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management warned residents on...

Water company fined $1.2M for sewage discharge in New Mexico

Jun. 09, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has fined El Paso Water $1.2 million for allegedly discharging more than 1 billion gallons of raw sewage into the Rio Grande in Sunland Park. The state compliance orders also require El Paso...

Public water utilities say Senate bill will force up rates

Jun. 07, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation criticized by opponents as a vehicle for-profit water companies to take over municipal water authorities in Pennsylvania by imposing expensive regulations on them passed the Republican-controlled state Senate on Tuesday. Opponents also warned that...

COVID hits Buttigieg, others who attended Michigan event

Jun. 06, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — At least 15 people who attended a public affairs conference last week on Michigan's Mackinac Island have tested positive for COVID-19, including U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The gathering is put on each year by a business group, the...

Partly treated sewage found running into Blackstone River

Jun. 05, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials are urging residents to avoid a stretch of the Blackstone River after finding that sewage was leaking into the river from a wastewater treatment plant on Sunday. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said it's...

Hawaii ex-lawmaker gets new sentencing date in bribery case

Jun. 03, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for former Hawaii state Rep. Ty Cullen, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his acceptance of bribes when he was a lawmaker. He’s now due to be sentenced on Oct. 20 instead of July 5. Cullen's...

Fetus found in sewage at wastewater plant

May. 31, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say the remains of what appears to be an early second trimester fetus were found Tuesday in the drain system of a Natchez wastewater treatment plant. The Natchez Democrat reported that Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said the...