Latest Water pollution News

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Guatemalan town calm under martial law after mining dispute

Oct. 25, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

EL ESTOR, Guatemala (AP) — Police and soldiers frisked people at checkpoints and a tense calm reigned in the streets of this lakeside town Monday after protests against a mining project erupted into violence over the weekend. Guatemala’s government imposed martial law...

'Forever chemicals' crackdown could hit Conn. manufacturers

Oct. 24, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Biden administration’s proposed crackdown on so-called “forever chemicals” used in products from makeup to cookware could have a wide-ranging impact on Connecticut manufacturers. Last week’s EPA announcement covers per- and...

State seeks input on clean water spending priorities

Oct. 24, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont residents are being asked for their input on how to spend about $46.9 million to clean up water pollution in the state. The Vermont Clean Water Board is seeking feedback in an online questionnaire on the funding levels and the board’s...

Work starts on plant to treat mine waste water in Belt Creek

Oct. 24, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

BELT, Mont. (AP) — The town of Belt was built on coal. For 50 years men worked the mines ringing the small town east of Great Falls. The coal they harvested was first used to power the paddle-wheelers that once plied the Missouri River. Later it fired the smelters of...

Center in UP to look at impact of oil spills in freshwater

Oct. 23, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula has been selected as a hub for a center that will look at the impacts of oil spills in freshwater environments. The U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for...

Wet storm with wind, rain, snow heading into Sierra Nevada

Oct. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wet prewinter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and wind to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada this weekend, with possible flooding on wildfire-scarred mountain hillsides. The National Weather Service said Friday an “atmospheric river” is...

McLaren will pay $5M, not $20M, in Flint water settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A $641 million settlement with people affected by Flint's lead-contaminated water was reduced by $15 million Wednesday after a judge agreed that a hospital could cut its pledge. McLaren Health will pay $5 million instead of $20 million. It had the...

Montana reaches deal in Colstrip coal ash cleanup dispute

Oct. 20, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has reached a settlement with a coal plant operator that gives the company two years to come up with an alternative plan to clean up water polluted with coal ash. Ponds meant to contain the toxic ash from the Colstrip power...

Carbon dioxide underground storage project advances

Oct. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Plans for North Dakota's first carbon dioxide storage project are moving forward. State regulators granted several approvals Tuesday for the underground storage of carbon emissions from Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant near Richardton. ...