Latest Freshwater pollution News

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...

PFAS water contamination not widespread, Pennsylvania says

Dec. 5, 2019 4:09 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Thursday that a first round of testing drinking water samples in Pennsylvania for the toxic chemicals known as PFAS does not indicate widespread contamination. In a statement, Wolf's administration said one of 96 sites sampled in the first round...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

Dec. 1, 2019 10:32 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Nine members of an Arizona family, together for the Thanksgiving holiday, were in an oversized military-style truck when they got stuck in a raging creek swollen by intense runoff from a powerful storm. Four children and two adults got out and were rescued by helicopter, but three...

The Latest: Chicago, Denver flights delayed by winter storm

Dec. 1, 2019 5:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a powerful holiday weekend storm (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Airlines at Chicago’s two major international airports are reporting average delays of 15 minutes as a winter storm heads toward the Midwest with heavy snow and ice and gusty winds. The companies have canceled...

Powerful storm pushes into Midwest with heavy snow and winds

Nov. 30, 2019 11:26 PM EST

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States Saturday as a powerful and dangerous storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. Authorities found the bodies of two young children, including a...

Authorities: 2 kids dead, 1 missing after truck swept away

Nov. 30, 2019 10:16 PM EST

The bodies of two children were found Saturday, but searchers were still looking for a third child who went missing after a truck they were in was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen Arizona creek in what a sheriff’s official called a “horrible and tragic incident.” Gila...

The Latest: 2nd child found dead along creek; 1 missing

Nov. 30, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on children missing in an Arizona creek (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Authorities say a second child has been found dead Saturday, but searchers are still looking for a third who went missing after a truck was swept away while trying to cross a swollen creek in Arizona....

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...