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California to sue over federal rules governing water

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials said Thursday they will sue the federal government over proposed rules managing the state’s scarce water, arguing its conclusions are not scientifically adequate and fall short of protecting species and the state’s interests. The state, which has...

Salad product recall over E. coli bacteria impacts 22 states

Nov. 21, 2019 4:18 PM EST

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad products that...

Ohio will create, use wetlands to combat Lake Erie's algae

Nov. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EST

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will begin work in the coming months on creating and restoring wetlands as part of its new strategy to deal with the toxic algae blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, state leaders said Thursday. Three of the sites are along the lake's shoreline near Toledo and the others...

New Mexico officials need $1.2M to study contamination

Nov. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Environment Department needs $1.2 million to study plumes of toxic chemicals seeping into groundwater from two U.S. Air Force bases, a state official said. Agency Secretary James Kenney said he will request the money from state lawmakers to investigate and learn...

Hawaii residents raise concerns about Marine Corps barrier

Nov. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps plan to install a steel barrier to protect part of a Honolulu training facility from beach erosion has raised concerns among neighbors and advocates. Residents near Ewa Beach are seeking further study of the environmental impact of a proposed 1,500-foot (457-meter)...

E. coli contamination prompts water boil advisory

Nov. 20, 2019 10:17 PM EST

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District near Spokane is asking its customers to boil their water after a water sample from a fire hydrant tested positive for E. coli. The sewer and water district said Wednesday it is investigating the source of the contamination and...

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...

Record rain in Vegas, half-foot of snow in Tahoe mountains

Nov. 20, 2019 5:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Emergency Crews rescued two people from a wash flowing with runoff from record rain in Las Vegas, and up a to half-foot of Sierra snow (15 centimeters) triggered chain controls around Lake Tahoe as a cold front moved across Nevada on Wednesday. The National Weather Service also issued a...

Slaughterhouse wastewater violated permit limits for 5 years

Nov. 20, 2019 1:48 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Wastewater from two Greeley slaughterhouses exceeded safety limits for five years as it flowed into a South Platte River tributary before the meat-processing company started meeting discharge standards in January, according to Colorado’s top water quality official. State Water...

Massachusetts man pleads not guilty in woman’s murder

Nov. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EST

ORANGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a woman whose body was found near a wastewater treatment plant. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Keith Hamel pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the death of 26-year-old Kelsey Clifford, whose body was found in Athol...