Water quality

In this Sept. 6, 2017, photo, the Miami Drum Services Superfund cleanup site in a fenced off area behind a rail yard. At least five of the most flood-prone Superfund sites located in South Florida are in various stages of cleanup. Strong winds and driving rains from Irma could damage years of cleanup work completed at the sites and spread contamination, endangering public health by spreading the contamination. As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, the Environmental Protection Agency is emphasizing its efforts to evaluate and prepare some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites from the risks posed by howling winds and surging water. (AP Photo/ Jason Dearen)
September 09, 2017 - 5:09 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004, file photo, an evaporation pond holds contaminated fluid and sediment at the former Anaconda copper mine near Yerington, Nev. Nevada wants to back out of an agreement with U.S. regulators to designate the toxic mine as a priority Superfund site, a move critics say could ultimately leave state taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions dollars in cleanup costs at the abandoned World War II-era copper mine near Yerington, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Debra Reid, File)
September 07, 2017 - 4:51 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wants to back out of an agreement to designate a toxic mine a priority U.S. Superfund site — a move critics warn could leave state taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions dollars in cleanup costs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. State...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004, file photo, an evaporation pond holds contaminated fluid and sediment at the former Anaconda copper mine near Yerington, Nev. Nevada wants to back out of an agreement with U.S. regulators to designate the toxic mine as a priority Superfund site, a move critics say could ultimately leave state taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions dollars in cleanup costs at the abandoned World War II-era copper mine near Yerington, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Debra Reid, File)
September 07, 2017 - 3:44 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wants to back out of an agreement to designate a toxic mine a priority U.S. Superfund site — a move critics warn could leave state taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions dollars in cleanup costs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. State...
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In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. This image was captured as daylight moves into the area, right, with nighttime features on the left side of the image. Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States. (NOAA via AP)
September 05, 2017 - 7:02 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Florida's Lake Okeechobee in preparation for Hurricane Irma's expected arrival in the state this weekend. Spokesman John Campbell said Tuesday the plan is to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017 file photo, Alejandra Castillo takes a break from carrying water-soaked items out of her family's home after flood waters receded in Houston. Experts say Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment that will remain even after levels drop far enough that southeastern Texas residents no longer fear for their lives. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
September 04, 2017 - 8:03 am
Harvey's filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts. Houston already was notorious for sewer overflows following rainstorms. Now the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017 file photo, Alejandra Castillo takes a break from carrying water-soaked items out of her family's home after flood waters receded in Houston. Experts say Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment that will remain even after levels drop far enough that southeastern Texas residents no longer fear for their lives. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
September 04, 2017 - 7:13 am
Harvey's filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts. Houston already was notorious for sewer overflows following rainstorms. Now the...
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August 29, 2017 - 9:21 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roughly 18,000 Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers are being told to boil their water before using it because it could be contaminated by animal droppings at a reservoir. The problem stems from torn and worn out covers at the Lanpher Reservoir in nearby Shaler Township...
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August 18, 2017 - 12:47 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Constitution Pipeline company's argument that the state Department of Environmental...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, heavy equipment is used at an ash storage site at Gallatin Fossil Plant in Gallatin, Tenn. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, as part of a legal appeal says he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power generating plants. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
August 14, 2017 - 4:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, hydrologic technician Ryan Parker gathers water samples from the San Juan River, in Montezuma Creek, Utah. Utah has filed a claim for $1.9 billion from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying a mine wastewater spill in Colorado triggered by the EPA damaged the San Juan and other waterways in Utah, as well as causing damage to soil and wildlife. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 09, 2017 - 6:54 pm
Utah's $1.9 billion claim against the Environmental Protection Agency for a multi-state mine waste spill says Utah's water, soil and wildlife were damaged, but it offers no specifics. The Utah Attorney General's Office provided a copy of the claim to The Associated Press Wednesday. The claim stems...
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