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Arizona research to study coronavirus spread in Yuma sewage

Jan. 15, 2021 2:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County aimed at understanding the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s wastewater. Gov. Doug Ducey in recent days announced $500,000 in federal relief dollars have been set aside for the sewage surveillance...

Heavy rain sends untreated wastewater into Puget Sound

Jan. 14, 2021 8:43 AM EST

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle sent 11 million gallons of untreated storm water and sewage into Puget Sound on Wednesday, King County’s wastewater treatment division announced, blaming the release on widespread power outages. Additionally, heavy rainfall...

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....

New Mexico touts sewage monitoring program in COVID-19 fight

Jan. 12, 2021 6:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A wastewater monitoring program launched last month has helped to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at a juvenile justice facility in southern New Mexico, according to state officials. The New Mexico Environment Department said the virus was detected in wastewater samples taken from the...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, vehicles line up as people wait for COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing center in Phoenix. Arizona on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, reported a triple-digit number of additional COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row along with more than 7,200 additional known cases and another record high of virus-related hospitalizations. The state has the worst coronavirus diagnosis rate in the country, with one person of every 119 people in the state being diagnosed in the past week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona deemed 'hot spot of the world' amid virus surge

Jan. 7, 2021 12:11 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Five months after President Donald Trump hailed Arizona as a model for how it dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts warned Wednesday that the state has become “the hot spot of the world" and that health restrictions the governor has been hesitant to impose could have...

250,000 gallons released from wastewater treatment plant

Jan. 6, 2021 8:21 AM EST

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 250,000 gallons of partially treated effluent was sent into Puget Sound from Bainbridge Island’s wastewater treatment plant after heavy rainfall temporarily overwhelmed the facility’s capacity. The overflow is the second such dump into the Eagle Harbor...

President Donald Trump arrives in the early morning hours, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the White House in Washington, after returning from a rally in Dalton, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump administration announces $3.7 billion for Puerto Rico

Jan. 5, 2021 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will award a $3.7 billion grant to help Puerto Rico rebuild water and wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and reservoirs damaged by Hurricane Maria more than three years ago. The administration has been slow to release $44...

Feds: Business dumped liquid landfill waste in Flint system

Jan. 5, 2021 11:10 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint business owner is accused of illegally discharging nearly 48 million gallons of waste from landfills into the city's wastewater system from 2007-15. The waste included a chemical from a family of chemicals known to be hazardous to human health, federal prosecutors alleged in a...

FILE — In this Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 file photo, a long-distance traveller undergoes a COVID-19 test at a mobile clinic at a taxi rank at Johannesburg's main railway station. As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased testing to combat it. The level of testing across Africa is considerably less than what health experts say is needed to effectively control the spread of the disease. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Increased testing needed as Africa sees rise in virus cases

Dec. 31, 2020 3:40 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased testing to combat it. The level of testing across the continent is considerably less than what health experts say is needed to effectively control the spread of...

Regulators: Oil, gas industry didn't cause Wichita temblors

Dec. 23, 2020 5:38 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas regulatory agency has determined that the oil and gas industry wasn't to blame for a recent spate of Wichita earthquakes. The Kansas Corporation Commission looked at wastewater injection wells located within 6 miles (9.66 kilometers) of the epicenters of the 15 earthquakes...