Water pollution

July 25, 2018 - 5:39 am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A federal grant will help improve a system that provides early warnings about harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan says the Great Lakes Observing System Regional Association in Ann Arbor will receive $585,702 from the National Oceanic and...
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July 13, 2018 - 5:33 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission made the recommendations in a report Thursday. They're directed toward both federal governments as well...
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July 11, 2018 - 8:48 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is set to announce new steps to combat toxic algae in Lake Erie. Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sikz) office says he'll announce a new plan on Wednesday to deal with water quality issues. The governor's office has said in recent months he's considering...
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In this June 19, 2018 photo, paper straws sit at Duke Moscrip, owner of Duke's Restaurants, bar at his restaurant in Seattle. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday, July 1. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)
July 02, 2018 - 6:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It's no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants. Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items...
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FILE- In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, a couple kayak on the Rogue River adjacent to where Wolverine World Wide's tannery once stood, in Rockford, Mich. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is investigating the connection between old waste drums in the area and an old Wolverine World Wide tannery waste dump nearby. Some private wells in the area have tested positive for elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS, also called perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs. A government report shows that a family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country threatens human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than previously realized. The chemicals are called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. (Neil Blake /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
June 20, 2018 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The...
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June 18, 2018 - 7:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around...
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June 18, 2018 - 4:55 pm
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...
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In this photo taken May 29, 2018, Juana Francisco loads her trunk with water purchased at WinCo. Officials in Salem, Ore., re-issued a limited no-drink warning Wednesday, June 6, 2018, for tap water in the state's capital city, reinstating guidelines lifted only days before advising medically sensitive groups to find other water sources. (Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)
June 06, 2018 - 6:47 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A limited no-drink warning for tap water in and around the Oregon state capital was re-issued Wednesday, reinstating for at least two days guidelines advising medically sensitive people to find other water sources as a city spokesman acknowledged a lag in testing for toxins in...
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Juana Francisco of Albany, Ore., loads her trunk with water purchased at WinCo Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018. The Oregon National Guard will hand out free water at 10 locations to residents who can't drink tap water due to toxins from an algae bloom in a reservoir. (Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)
May 31, 2018 - 7:03 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The National Guard will hand out free water at 10 locations to residents who can't drink tap water in the Salem, Oregon, area contaminated by an algae bloom, and state law enforcement authorities are looking into claims of price gouging after officials extended an emergency...
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May 30, 2018 - 10:58 am
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A nonprofit that tracks pollution in America's largest estuary says the health of Chesapeake Bay is improving, but huge challenges remain. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has released a midpoint assessment of a federal plan to curb pollution flowing into the watershed by 2025...
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