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East Lansing investigating water plant chemical spill
600 gallons of ferric chloride spilled at the wastewater treatment plant        
2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Lansing Michigan East Lansing Michigan Water pollution Michigan State University Iron Septic tank Water treatment
Aberdeen gets loan for sewer work at 2.12 percent
The Aberdeen city government has completed borrowing $1,395,178 to pay for two sewer system improvement projects, the design of a third and the purchase of two pieces of equipment needed for the municipal sewer system. The city issued a short-term note through a private negotiated sale with Manufacturers...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Municipality Finance Sewage treatment Mayor City council Councillor Term Time
Hogan scales back Maryland water pollution trading proposal
Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is scaling back his ambitious plan to jumpstart a pollution credit trading program as part of the state's Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. The initial program would have allowed farmers, developers or governments who do extra to reduce pollution to sell those reduction...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Sewage treatment Water pollution Chesapeake Bay Water Maryland Virginia Stormwater Clean Water Act
Worker admits to stealing metal from sewage treatment plant
He had a lot of brass. A veteran worker at the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has admitted swiping 11,328 pounds of metal from a Brooklyn sewage treatment plant worth $13,700, according to a settlement released Tuesday. Thomas Maloney, a sewage treatment worker since 2002, admitted in a settlement with the Conflicts of Interest Board...
8 points by New York Post | Sewage treatment Wastewater Sewage Sanitary sewer Septic tank Water pollution Anaerobic digestion
Respect for older travelers in China? Yes. Concern for them? Yes, but one senior found it a little too protective
Regarding “Wind Your Way,” by David Swanson, Feb. 5: As a senior, I found traveling in China several years ago to be filled with new experiences, tastes and some challenges: Although “old people” are venerated, offered opportunities to participate in tai chi classes and dance the waltz in public...
7 points by Los Angeles Times | Sewage treatment Three Gorges Dam Wastewater Tax Tourism Septic tank Three Gorges Workweek
Ben & Jerry's moving forward with Vermont expansion plans
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry's says it is moving forward with plans to expand its manufacturing facility in St. Albans, Vermont.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Sewage treatment Water Wastewater Pallet
Macomb County could loan up to $20M for sewer collapse
County commissioners to discuss loan request between county, Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District on Thursday.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Macomb County Michigan Water Sewage treatment Mount Clemens Michigan Wastewater Rain Lake Saint Clair County commission
EPA rejects Iowa new clean water rule passed last August
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told Iowa environmental regulators that changes made to state clean water standards last year violate federal regulations. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission approved changes in August that eliminated a rigorous environmental assessment before allowing new contaminants to be introduced ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmentalism Federal government of the United States Sewage treatment Des Moines Iowa U.S. state Iowa Clean Water Act
Audit: California water authority mismanaged millions
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An audit finds a wastewater treatment authority that serves a large swath of the high desert northeast of Los Angeles mismanaged millions of dollars in federal emergency management funds. The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday (http://lat.ms/2ljF9H6 ) that auditors determined the Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | San Bernardino County California United States Department of Homeland Security The Los Angeles Times Mojave Desert Washington D.C. Sewage treatment Water Palmdale California
High desert water treatment authority mismanaged millions in federal funds, audit says
A wastewater treatment authority that serves large parts of the high desert, including Victorville, Hesperia and Apple Valley, mismanaged millions of dollars in federal emergency management funds, a U.S. audit has found. The Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority, which received the funds after...
35 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Department of Homeland Security Mojave Desert Federal Emergency Management Agency San Bernardino County California Emergency management agency Sewage treatment Mojave River Victorville California
Something smells at Jackson prison, and MIOSHA is looking into it
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation Friday at Parnall Correctional Facility        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage Pleading Prison Complaint Sewage treatment Penology Criminal justice Corrections
First Super Bowl concerns, now rain could overwhelm Macomb sewers
Candice Miller thanked Macomb County residents on Facebook this morning.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Macomb County Michigan Mount Clemens Michigan Sewage treatment Harrison Township Michigan Oakland County Michigan Metro Detroit Super Bowl Water
Southern Nevada officials geared for Super Bowl’s ‘halftime flush’
In the water world, it’s known as the “halftime flush.”People tend to rush to the restroom during the same times on Super Bowl Sunday: before the game, halftime and when it’s over.
221 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Sewage treatment Water Super Bowl Super Bowl XLIII American football Super Bowl XLIV Super Bowl XL Super Bowl XLV
24 rattlesnakes found in Texas house -- including one in the toilet
It was a problem beyond a plumber's expertise.       
14083 points by USA Today | Plumbing Toilet Outhouse Flush toilet Sewage treatment Plumbing fixture Latrine Bidet
Yikes! Rattlesnake slithers up Texas toilet, 23 others found in home
It was a problem beyond a plumber's expertise.       
14084 points by USA Today | Plumbing Toilet Outhouse Flush toilet Sewage treatment Plumbing fixture Latrine Bidet
Yikes! Rattlesnake slithers up Texas toilet
It was a problem beyond a plumber's expertise.       
14084 points by USA Today | Plumbing Toilet Outhouse Flush toilet Sewage treatment Plumbing fixture Latrine Bidet
US Ecology's violations anger Detroit neighbors
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
US Ecology's permit violations anger Detroit neighbors
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
How much toxic waste is too much?
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
Chesapeake Bay pollution dropped dramatically in 2015, advocates credit the weather
The amount of pollution that washed into the Chesapeake Bay dropped dramatically in 2015, a trend advocates said is promising but also may have more to do with the weather than with bay cleanup efforts. From 2014 to 2015, the amount of nitrogen that reached the bay fell by 25 percent, while phosphorus...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Chesapeake Bay Blue crab Water Sewage treatment Virginia Water pollution Turbidity Maryland
Akron to save nearly $57 million on sewer projects this year
Dialogue between the city of Akron and state and federal EPAs has led to nearly $57 million in savings through modifications to the city's long-range work plan to bring the sewer system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. AKRON, Ohio - The city of Akron will save an additional $38 million on current sewer projects, bringing total sewer project savings this year to $56.7 million. At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Dan Horrigan said the latest savings are a result of ongoing dialogue with the state and federal Environmental Protection Agencies and other agencies. Those talks led to two major modifications to the city's 2014 agreement detailing the long-range plan to bring the sewer system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. "This is the way the process should work," Horrigan said. "We're constantly looking at what will be the best way forward. Eventually this community is going to have to pay for all this, so we're working to bring down costs." Approved modifications for projects near the Akron Water Reclamation Facility also will eliminate the need to close at least a mile of the Towpath Trail for about two years. Akron unveils new plan to save on $1.4 billion sewer project Here is where the savings are from: Redesign of the main sewer trunk worth $30 million The original plan for sewer upgrades included building a second pipeline alongside the existing main sewer trunk visible on Riverview Road. The sewer trunk was built out of brick in the 1920s and the the EPA was concerned it could eventually break during large flows. Original plans called for a second line to be built to capture some of the flow, disrupting the Towpath Trail, the Cuyahoga River, area wetlands and possibly the nearby Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. However, a city inspection of the main sewer trunk found it in good shape. The EPA approved a modification to place a concrete cap, with walls and foundational support, along the length of the trunk, adding protection and extending its life. The concrete is colored brown to blend with the natural surroundings. Because the Towpath Trail has a $450 million per year economic impact on the area, its closure would have been detrimental, said Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. "We are extremely grateful to the city for recognizing the importance of the Towpath Trail," Rice said. "They have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to find the best possible solution." Three green projects worth $8 million Earlier this year state and federal agencies to substitute three green infrastructure projects for "gray" storage basins. Rather than build large concrete storage basins to capture sewer overflow, the city instead will separate the combined storm/sanitary sewers in certain areas so the storage basins won't be needed. Treatment projects ahead of schedule The EPA also increased the biological secondary treatment capacity of the Akron Water Reclamation Facility to 220 million gallons per day from 130 million gallons per day. That puts the city ahead of schedule for sewer system improvements at the water reclamation facility. In early September, city engineers presented a plan that earned the city the EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Nutrient Reduction Discount. It eliminated interest on a loan for work at the city's Water Reclamation Facility, reducing the cost of the loan by $18.7 million.
61 points by The Plain Dealer | Water pollution Clean Water Act Combined sewer Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio and Erie Canal Sewage treatment United States Environmental Protection Agency
Over 50 years, UMBC has cultivated a research mission from former pastures
Robin Mayne arrived on campus in 1966 to find pastures, grazing deer and unfinished buildings. She returned Monday to find her alma mater UMBC has grown into a leading research university by its 50th year. "UMBC has gloriously fulfilled its promise," said Mayne, of Texas, the very first graduate....
151 points by Baltimore Sun | University of Maryland Baltimore County Catonsville Maryland Maryland Baltimore County Maryland University Chesapeake Bay Retriever Research Sewage treatment
Oak Grove considers firing water operator over brown water
OAK GROVE, La. (AP) - Mayor Adam Holland says he may fire the town's water operator, citing rusting equipment and brown drinking water. Holland tells KNOE-TV (http://bit.ly/2df8Tol) that he met with the owner of Ruston-based American Water and Wastewater Management last week, giving the company the required 120-day notice to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Sewage treatment Wastewater Water City council Sewage Mayor Town council Municipality