NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee environmental groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution from a coal ash dump.
Lawmakers weigh whether to keep Ocean Rangers program
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State lawmakers are weighing whether to axe Alaska's on-board cruise ship inspectors program.
Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition filed by environmental groups that asked the agency to withdraw the Iowa Department of Natural Resources'...
Correction: Water Task Force story
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story March 20 about Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' water quality task force's first meeting, The Associated Press reported erroneously that infants afflicted with blue baby...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative task force dealing with water pollution (all times local):
State environmental, agricultural and health officials are...
Gas refineries pay Vermont settlement over fuel additive
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says more than two dozen of the country's biggest gasoline refiners, including ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company, are paying a $3.8...
Utility denies groups’ water pollution allegations
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A utility is denying allegations by two environmental groups that it violated the Clean Water Act in operating a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire.
Probation sentences handed down in Iowa ag pollution case
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa farm and its managers have been given probation in a water pollution case.
Federal prosecutors for Iowa said in a news release Thursday that Etcher Family...
GOP bill would create water pollution credit clearinghouse
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators began a push Tuesday to streamline Wisconsin's water pollution credit-trading system, introducing a bill that would create a clearinghouse that they say...
The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local):
Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too little and too slow.
Evers wants nearly $70M in bonding to address water quality
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water contamination during his first year in office.
Michigan Sugar Company settles air, water pollution lawsuit
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
North Carolina fines equestrian center over water quality
MILL SPRING, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina equestrian center that played host to the FEI World Equestrian Games last year has been fined for water quality violations.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Department of Environmental Quality issued a civil penalty of $64,437 to the managers of the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Lakes Region wastewater system recognized for compliance
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A wastewater treatment and collection system serving 10 Lakes Region communities in New Hampshire has been recognized for its compliance, safety and public outreach.
The Winnipesaukee River Basin Program was honored as the Wastewater Plant of the Year by the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association.
The system was built over 40 years ago and is managed by the state Department of Environmental Services.
Groups ask Oregon Legislature for mega-dairy moratorium
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A dozen state and national health and environment groups are calling on Oregon leaders and legislators to impose a moratorium on new or expanded mega-dairies.
WHO says Iraq river pollution toxic to fish
BAGHDAD (AP) — The World Health Organizations said Tuesday that laboratory tests completed after a shocking fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia.
Fishermen were stunned to find that hundreds of tons of carp had died suddenly in their river cages earlier this month in a discovery that stirred national anxieties about water pollution. Carp is a staple of the Iraqi diet.
Carp ‘annihilated’ as Iraq’s water pollution woes worsen
HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi officials and fishermen are at a loss to explain how hundreds of tons of carp have suddenly died in fish farms in the Euphrates River, fueling anxieties about soaring water pollution.
Local authorities used excavators to skim dead fish from the river surface near the town of Hindiyah, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, where residents and local farmers have long complained about substandard water management.
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Study: Illinois slaughterhouse big nitrogen polluter
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S., according to a report from a nonprofit environmental organization.
Environmental Integrity Project assessed water pollution by nearly 100 large meat-processing facilities in the U.S., The Chicago Tribune reported .
Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites
BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls.
But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by untreated sewage and dead carp, which float by in the fast-moving current.
Tucson treatment plant sends contaminated water to residents
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Water officials are investigating how a treatment plant sent water contaminated with chemical compounds to thousands of residents of the city.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that utility officials mistakenly thought that uncontaminated water was coming out of the plant, which has long treated water pollution on Tucson's south side.
Ballot initiative supporters say modern mines still pollute
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana initiative aimed at reducing mining pollution said Monday that water quality problems and cleanup costs borne by taxpayers demonstrate current regulations that govern the industry aren't enough.
Montana Trout Unlimited and Earthworks sought to bolster their case for the November ballot initiative with a report documenting pollution and costs from mines operating since 1980.
Swollen NC rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears
As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns.
A year later, Texas regulators move against Harvey polluters
HOUSTON (AP) — More than a year after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, state environmental authorities have only just begun enforcement actions against a handful of companies deemed responsible for some of the most massive air and water pollution incidents reported during and immediately after the storm.
Company sued over air, water pollution claims in NC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A federal lawsuit seeks to stop a company from continuing to allow little-studied industrial compounds to get into the Cape Fear River in eastern North Carolina.
Report: Wisconsin still has wastewater permit backlog
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources still has a backlog of wastewater discharge permits to review more than a year after an audit found that it wasn't following its own policies aimed at preventing water pollution, the agency reported.
Oregon settles lawsuit over stormwater pollution
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over the state's regulation of storm water pollution.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the settlement announced Monday provides special protections for rivers and streams that are already too polluted for salmon, drinking water or swimming.
US judge keeps alive Duke Energy water pollution lawsuit
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge is keeping alive a lawsuit accusing the country's second-largest electricity company of violating water pollution laws by allowing potentially toxic coal ash sludge into neighboring waterways.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled this week that environmentalists can keep suing Duke Energy.
Floridians line beaches to demand state stop water pollution
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Thousands lined Florida's beaches to demand state leaders stop future red tide outbreaks like the one killing sea life on the state's Gulf Coast.
Sunday's "Hands Along the Water" events happened on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts from the St. Petersburg area to Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale. The stench on some beaches from animals killed by the current red tide outbreak caused protestors to wear breathing masks.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state of South Dakota hasn't updated the water quality permits for one-third of facilities that pump waste into the state's waterways.
An Argus Leader investigation found more than 120 cities and companies have been discharging waste water into rivers and lakes while leaving water pollution largely unchecked.
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have announced a $2.2 million proposed settlement with CSX Transportation to resolve the company's liability for water pollution violations stemming from a train derailment that caused an oil spill in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say the state is receiving $1.2 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to battle surface water pollution.
A release from the two U.S. senators says the grant will also help West Virginia implement an "effective underground storage tank state regulatory program."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has loosened a Kansas City water park's environmental regulations despite a recent lawsuit over its pollution of waters leading into the Missouri River.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, according to a federal lawsuit from an environmental group.
The Center for Biological Diversity alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is late in designating habitat areas for the crayfish.
The Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish were protected by the Endangered Species Act in 2016 because of habitat loss and water pollution, the suit says.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha has obtained a nearly $70 million federal loan to help the city vastly reduce water pollution from overwhelmed sewers.
The Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Thursday that rain runoff fills the combined sewage and stormwater sewer system in eastern Omaha's Saddle Creek basin, sending millions of gallons of polluted runoff and untreated sewage into a Missouri River tributary. The low-interest loan's expected to save city taxpayers about $20 million.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental activists are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' authority to manage a program designed to limit water pollution.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have issued two additional violation notices to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.
New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.
Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas. Residents who live near the gas wells, along with environmental groups and some scientists, have long worried about air and water pollution.
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A manufacturer in northeastern Wisconsin has discovered new evidence of groundwater pollution near Lake Michigan involving a chemical that has raised national health concerns.
Tyco Fire Products said this month that it discovered perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in well samples at its manufacturing plant in Marinette. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had directed Tyco to test for PFCs at the wells, which are part of a separate cleanup of arsenic.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and partnership between the state and the federal agency.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials say the owner of a Fort Morgan sugar plant will pay $2 million to settle claims that the plant violated air and water pollution laws.
The deal between Western Sugar Cooperative and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was announced Friday.
Wisconsin approves water pollution permit for 5,800-cow feedlot
The Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday announced it has approved a permit for a controversial dairy feedlot that would generate an estimated 95 million gallons of manure and waste water annually in the Sugar River watershed about 40 miles south of Madison.
The Pinnacle Dairy feedlot will keep 5,800 cows on a 128-acre site in Green County, DNR waste water engineer Mark Cain said in an email to people who had commented on the project.
Saturday was mild and sunny for Earth Day in North Augusta at Brick Pond Park.
The event included a stormwater drainage demonstration, a puppet show, rock making, live animals and more.
Tanya Strickland, stormwater manager for the City of North Augusta, said Earth Day is a way to educate others on how they affect the environment.
DENVER (AP) — A mining company accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday of failing to operate a treatment plant at full capacity, allowing a huge volume of polluted mine wastewater to reach a southwestern Colorado river.
The allegation was made by Sunnyside Gold Corp., which is fighting the EPA over who should pay for a potentially costly study to help devise a cleanup plan for a Superfund district in the area.
The EPA didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority is calling for a rate hike in eight of the 13 municipalities it serves.
Hyde Park customers could face the biggest increase, at more than $18 a month. But debt service rates may drop in five communities in the authority's territory.
Authority officials say the increase is needed to pay off debt stemming from a $36 million sewage plant expansion and other, smaller projects.
Delmont Borough continues to discharge raw sewage directly into Beaver Run, a significant source of municipal water for Westmoreland County. These discharges have occurred on average several times per month, from multiple locations, for unabated hours and even days at a time, through at least the last two decades.
Michael Screnock’s work defending Didion, dairy producers draws fire from liberal, conservation groups
In previous work as a lawyer, Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock helped businesses challenge state-imposed regulations they considered burdensome and unnecessary, and defended them against allegations of environmental pollution.
That work has drawn criticism from liberal and conservation groups as Screnock seeks a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court.
HARBESON, Del. (AP) — Delaware has slapped a poultry producer with nearly $250,000 in penalties and other costs for years of wastewater violations at a chicken processing plant.