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Environmentalists threaten to sue over Gallatin plant

Conservation groups have filed initial paperwork to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority, contending that harmful pollutants have been seeping from 55-year-old coal ash storage ponds at the Gallatin power plant and into drinking water. The groups say that TVA violated the Clean Water Act by allowing pollutants such as arsenic and cadmium into the Cumberland River and other surface and groundwater sources near the coal-fired power plant.


Toxic brew that Indiana’s Grand Calumet River carries to Lake Michigan – The Grand Calumet’s road to recovery

The sediment on the bottom of the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana provides a toxic record of the region’s history going back more than a century.


Groups stand up for Clean Water Act in West Virginia factory farm suit.

A coalition of local and national public interest organizations have asked a federal court for permission to participate in a legal action that will decide when Clean Water Act restrictions apply to the release of pollutants in animal manure into local waterways used for recreation, drinking and to support nearby communities


Enforcing clean water a struggle – critics call for stricter oversight of state’s waterways.

The board in charge of enforcing the Clean Water Act has written hundreds of permits and issued more than $30 million in penalties since 1985.


U.S. and Mississippi announce clean water act agreement with the city of Jackson.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the city of Jackson, Miss. Jackson has agreed to make improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and unauthorized bypasses of treatment at the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), the city’s largest wastewater treatment facility. When wastewater systems overflow, they can release untreated sewage and other pollutants into local waterways, threatening water quality and contributing to beach closures and disease outbreaks.


Mixed reviews for US clean water act

When the United States’ landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) was signed into law in 1972, the nation’s waterways and coastlines were in crisis. Oily debris in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, had notoriously caught fire several times.


Water news: Clean Water Act turns 40.

As supporters of the Clean Water Act celebrate its 40th anniversary this week, conservation groups are warning voters across the U.S. not to take their clean water for granted.


What is fracking? 5 Facts about fracking every family needs to know.

Fracking facts 1.Natural gas is not clean. 2. Fracking chemicals are extremely dangerous. 3. Natural gas drilling turns clean country air to smog. 4. Fracking releases uranium. 5. Fracking affects everyone.


Drinking water pollution news: Chemical contamination of our drinking water sources. Chemical facts.

This is the Priority Pollutants List from the EPA. STW™ suspects that since there are 80,000 to 100,000 chemicals in commercial use in the U.S. and worldwide, that there are thousands more chemicals in our water that we don’t even know are there or test for.


Water pollution news: Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster update – Oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster enters food chain in the Gulf of Mexico.

Water Environmental Disaster news: Oil from Deepwater Horizon Disaster Entered Food Chain in the Gulf of Mexico and BP nearing billion pound settlement with US authorities.


USA Water contamination news: The Perth saga: Perth Amboy to upgrade sewer system [njtoday.net/EPA]

(New York, N.Y.) The city of Perth Amboy, N.J., has agreed to make major improvements in its combined sewer system to protect people’s health and water quality under a legal agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which was lodged by the Department of Justice in federal court today, the city will reduce the amount of sewage and other pollutants that flow out of 16 combined sewer points into the Raritan River and Arthur Kill. Combined sewer systems are sewers that are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe.


Proppants and fracking fluids

A proppant is a material that will keep a induced hydraulic fracture open, during or following a fracturing treatment, while the fracking fluid itself varies in composition depending on the type of fracturing used, and can be gel, foam or slickwater-based.

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