Drinking water quality

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel drinks water during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey. The European Union said Thursday Feb.1, 2018, the rules governing water quality will change to improve access to drinking water and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
February 01, 2018 - 10:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. The European Commission said Thursday the rules will oblige the bloc's 28 countries to improve access to...
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December 30, 2017 - 12:55 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say elevated levels of an industrial chemical have been found on the opposite side of the Cape Fear River from the chemical plant. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality found the chemical GenX on the...
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December 29, 2017 - 1:31 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities say they have discovered some 25 tons of highly toxic waste illegally stored in barrels and containers buried in the ground at a private property southwest of the capital, Belgrade. The government's ecology ministry said in a statement on Friday that...
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In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, men in protective clothing work at the Martin Aaron Inc. Superfund site in Camden, N.J, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Hundreds of the nation’s most polluted places are at an increasing risk of spreading contamination beyond their borders by more frequent storms and rising seas. An Associated Press analysis of flood zone, census and EPA data shows that almost 2 million people live within a mile of more than 300 at-risk toxic sites, mostly in low-income, heavily minority neighborhoods. These sites span the nation, but Florida, New Jersey and California have the most. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 22, 2017 - 3:29 am
TAPRON SPRING, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Stansbury propped his rusty bike against a live oak tree and cast his fishing line into the rushing waters of Florida's Anclote River. When he bought a house down the street last year, Stansbury says he wasn't told that his slice of paradise had a hidden problem...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael...
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In this Sept. 3, 2017 photo, algae covers the surface of Maumee River at the mouth of Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio. The type of phosphorus fueling the algae outbreak has doubled in western Lake Erie tributaries since the Environmental Quality Incentives Program started in the mid-1990s, according to research scientist Laura Johnson of Ohio’s Heidelberg University. Scientists estimate about 85 percent of the Maumee’s phosphorus comes from croplands and livestock operations. (DroneBase via AP)
November 28, 2017 - 5:15 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are...
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November 28, 2017 - 5:52 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say tests have detected elevated levels of an unregulated compound at 34 additional wells near a chemical company's manufacturing facility. The Fayetteville Observer reports the results announced Monday bring the total number of wells contaminated by...
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In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis issued statements Nov. 15, saying they will vote against Michael Dourson to serve as head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 15, 2017 - 9:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina's two Republican senators said Wednesday they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting his nomination at serious risk. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements saying they will...
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October 26, 2017 - 9:46 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Staff and funding shortages and poor data management are preventing Michigan environmental regulators from making sure that state residents have safe drinking water, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said deficiencies in Michigan's...
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October 24, 2017 - 10:30 am
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A law firm fighting lawsuits for Flint, Michigan, residents over lead-tainted drinking water is filing the latest class-action case blaming a North Carolina chemical plant for releasing little-understood compounds into the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people...
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