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Report shows utilities 'well aware' of cyberattack dangers

Oct. 13, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new state report shows Connecticut's utilities are "well aware of the increasing dangers" of cyberattacks and appear to have successfully thwarted recent threats they encountered. Four utilities participated in the third annual cybersecurity review of Connecticut's electricity,...

Latest: Son: Mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 10, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car in her garage...

NJ governor seeks $500M bond to replace lead paint, pipes

Oct. 10, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday called for borrowing $500 million to pay for the removal of lead paint in homes and the replacement of thousands of lead pipes across the state as part of a "comprehensive strategy" aimed at addressing the public health concern. Murphy...

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water

Oct. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks...

North Carolina woman accused of stealing utility payments

Oct. 10, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a woman is facing multiple counts for embezzlement after investigators say she took money from customer payments. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office tells news sources that 39-year-old Shatreka Joyner is charged with 47 counts of embezzlement. Initially,...

Holcomb announces $436M EPA loan to support water projects

Oct. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb says a $436 million federal loan will help finance 28 wastewater and drinking water projects in 20 communities across Indiana. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Holcomb at the Statehouse on Wednesday to announce the loan through...

Backup irrigation pipeline in Washington state successful

Oct. 9, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A backup irrigation system project in Washington state has successfully diverted water after severe damage was discovered on the original concrete pipeline. Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Union Gap Irrigation District officials started and completed a water detour project after...

Washington irrigation district studies water supply options

Oct. 7, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state irrigation district is exploring how to ensure delivery of sufficient water to homes as the area's groundwater supplies continue to decline. The Yakima Herald reported the Selah-Moxee Irrigation District is conducting a study to explore the use and sources of surface...

2 get prison terms for taking bribes to lower water bills

Oct. 4, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two former employees of New Brunswick's water department have been sentenced to five years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for lowering water and sewer bills. Joseph DeBonis and William Ortiz illegally reduced bills for about 50 different properties in return for bribes...

New limits for chemicals in New Hampshire drinking water

Oct. 1, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New limits are now in effect for a class of toxic chemicals in New Hampshire's public drinking water supplies, representing some of the nation's toughest standards. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the standards, which took effect Tuesday, require local water utilities to test for...