Latest Water environment News

Coal, balancing environmental and financial impacts

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 AM EST

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Len Lichvar doesn’t like to see the Stonycreek River running red. That’s an indicator that iron, or another metal, is leaching into the waterway. He has been working and volunteering to clean area rivers and streams for about three decades with the state Fish & Boat...

Laura Maria de Almeida shows her home's water storage container, full of cloudy, smelly water, on her roof in the Complexo de Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020. De Almeida said cloudy water isn't unusual in her community, but police are investigating workers at a state utility after smelly tap water flowed into dozens of neighborhoods of the Brazilian city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Rio police investigate utility, workers for malodorous water

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water. Investigator Júlio Filho said police will question...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Workers move bottled water to be sold at a supermarket in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods, and residents are hoarding bottled water. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

Jan. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. People in the metropolitan area have taken to social media to show glasses...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

State says plant cleanup money coming, but some skeptical

Jan. 15, 2020 2:45 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators said they expect to have about $400 million in bonds in place by July to pay for future cleanup work at the Colstrip power plant. But the statement by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality was met with skepticism from state lawmakers who said they...

Governor calls Rio de Janeiro water problems "inadmissable"

Jan. 14, 2020 8:51 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After days of reports of foul tasting or smelling tap water in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, Gov. Wilson Witzel has called for analysis of the water's quality as well as management at local utility Cedae. “The disorder the population has been suffering due to the...

Faulty valve blamed for North Dakota oil wastewater spill

Jan. 14, 2020 11:37 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State environmental officials say a spill of oilfield wastewater caused by a faulty valve has affected some pastureland in western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said the 12,180-gallon (46,000 liters) produced water spill happened on Saturday at a...

Pennsylvania orders gas well plugged in fight over methane

Jan. 13, 2020 9:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Monday told Range Resources that it must fix a Marcellus Shale natural gas well “once and for all” that it maintains has leaked methane since 2011 and contaminated groundwater and streams in north-central Pennsylvania. Wolf's Department...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did...