Montana governor OKs bills investing $400M in infrastructure

U.S. 05/10/19, 14:19

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills Friday that allow for spending nearly $400 million on buildings, bridges and water systems across the state — an effort aimed at creating jobs, boosting the state's economy and clearing up a backlog of needed work.The bills include money to repair ...

Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant

U.S. 04/24/19, 13:41

An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters.Wesley Burt with the West Memphis Animal Shelter says the treatment plant notified the shelter last Wednesday and by the end of next day, about 75 turtles had ...

Is your kitchen-sink disposal environmentally friendly?

Enviroment 03/20/19, 09:34

If you're trying to be more eco-friendly at home, should you use your kitchen garbage disposal?It depends."Keep in mind that when food is added to the wastewater system, it must be further treated," says Maggie Sauerhage, a spokeswoman for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.This illustration provided by the United States ...

Minnesota cities look to reduce chloride from water plants

Enviroment 03/16/19, 12:56

Some Minnesota cities are grappling with how to reduce the amount of chloride being released from their wastewater treatment plants into lakes and streams, threatening aquatic life.The state estimates that about 100 municipal wastewater treatment plants are releasing more chloride than allowed by state standards.While road salts are the biggest ...

New Mexico issues river warning after Colorado plant failure

Enviroment 03/15/19, 20:27

The winter storm that blasted through the West this week knocked out a mine wastewater treatment plant in Colorado, prompting officials to warn Friday against using water from two rivers downstream in New Mexico.Fluctuating electrical power shut down the treatment plant below the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado ...

EPA sets long-term goals for Colorado mining Superfund site

Enviroment 03/13/19, 20:03

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three long-term goals Wednesday for cleaning up the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwestern Colorado.The goals call for improving water quality in four sections of rivers and streams, stabilizing mine waste piles to keep more pollutants from leaching into waterways and preventing ...

Update: Major Colorado highway reopens after avalanche

U.S. 03/07/19, 21:40

The Latest on Colorado avalanches (all times local):7:10 p.m.A major east-west highway through the Colorado mountains has reopened after an avalanche.FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo, crews work to remove the snow debris from a controlled avalanche that spilled onto Interstate 70 near Loveland Pass, Colo. (Hugh ...

Environmental justice issues focus of town hall

Enviroment 02/21/19, 19:14

Charlie Mae Holcombe of Hayneville said heavy rains regularly cause the sewage system to back up. Sometimes it's in her yard, sometimes in her house.Former Vice President Al Gore and the Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign, toured the street where Holcombe lives in Lowndes ...

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

Politics 02/19/19, 11:13

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or ...

St. Cloud wastewater plant fueled by beer, byproducts

Enviroment 12/31/18, 16:55

Whenever you dump something down the drain, it goes to the city of St. Cloud's NEW (Nutrients, Energy and Water) Recovery Facility, where nutrients are recovered, waste is treated, and clean water is sent back into the environment.But large-scale beverage producers — who have high-sugar waste filled with potential energy ...

Sewage from Mexico spill flows north into California waters

U.S. 12/12/18, 16:07

Millions of gallons of raw sewage has spilled into Mexico's Tijuana River and is flowing north into California, fouling beaches in San Diego County, where swimmers and surfers were urged to stay out of the ocean.If the spill that began late Monday continues unabated, it could be the largest since ...

High court rules against Hopi Tribe in snowmaking challenge

U.S. 11/29/18, 16:54

The Hopi Tribe has lost a legal battle against snowmaking on a northern Arizona mountain where tribal members made frequent pilgrimages to gather plants and water for ceremonial use long before a ski resort existed.The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday the tribe's emotional, spiritual and cultural connection to the San ...

New Mexico weighs options for reusing oil and gas wastewater

Enviroment 11/12/18, 15:34

With drought a constant consideration for New Mexico, state and federal officials are warning that decisions about water are growing more complicated and opportunities to tap untraditional sources should be considered.The state, with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has drafted a document that outlines areas where regulations ...

Mussel Study Validates Regulation

Enviroment 10/27/18, 00:58

Although well-established and highly active, the deep-drilling natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is just over a decade old. That means that the long-term environmental and public health consequences are not yet fully understood. But a new study by Penn State and Union College researchers, published in the journal Environmental Science ...

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