Environment Water

  • Sept 29- Testing of nine wells near a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida, site of a massive leak of contaminated water, shows that water meets safe drinking standards for radioactivity and damage has not spread beyond the site, the company said. A sinkhole 45 feet in diameter and 240 feet deep opened in late August at Mosaic's New Wales phosphate...

  • *Medak in southern India is major center for cheap antibiotics. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India's baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it. A short drive from the bustling tech hub of Hyderabad, Medak is the heart of India's antibiotics manufacturing business: a district of about 2.5 million...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday was poised to advance a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Democrats and Republicans agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its water crisis. Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reached the deal late on Tuesday, hours...

  • Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with renewed guarantees that Flint will get funding later this year to help rid its water system of lead. The White House said Obama will sign the measure and praised the progress on Flint. The temporary spending bill sped through the House shortly after the chamber passed a water projects bill containing the...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Environmentalists say New Mexico isn't going far enough to protect the state's limited groundwater supplies from copper mining operations. The state Water Quality Act requires regulations that prevent or abate pollution, but the rules in place specifically allow the copper mining industry to pollute groundwater, said Doug Meiklejohn, an...

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 26- India will accelerate its building of new hydropower plants along three rivers that flow into Pakistan, a source familiar with the plan said on Monday, in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with its neighbour a week after an attack on an Indian army base. The dispute looks set to be reignited after Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept 26- Atlantic City, New Jersey's fiscally distressed gambling hub, stands to gain $100 million by selling a defunct municipal airstrip to the city's quasi-independent public water utility, Mayor Don Guardian and other officials said on Monday. The land deal is part of a fiscal recovery plan that the city must present to New Jersey soon or...

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 26- India will accelerate its building of new hydropower plants along three rivers that flow into Pakistan, a source familiar with the plan said on Monday, in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with its neighbour a week after an attack on an Indian army base. The dispute looks set to be reignited after Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

  • The land deal is a blow to the Sioux and other protesters who claim the pipeline would damage ancient burial sites and pose an environmental risk to the tribe's water supply. When fully connected to existing lines, the 1,100- mile Dakota Access pipeline would be the first to carry crude oil from the Bakken shale, a vast oil formation in North Dakota, Montana and...

  • MULBERRY, Fla.— A federal lawsuit was filed late Thursday by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water. The lawsuit, filed by the Florida law firm of Morgan and Morgan and by Weitz& Luxenberg of New York,...

  • MADRID— A Spanish court has convicted and fined an American mining company executive and two other people for environmental offences committed by a Spanish copper mining firm. The southern Seville court said Thursday that Bill Williams, former water director at the Cobre Las Cruces open pit mine, and two others, had been fined 2,700 euros each for mismanaging...

  • MEXICO CITY— Edgar Serralde Galicia lives in a part of Mexico City known for water: Xochimilco, where picturesque canals have irrigated produce grown on man-made islands and served as transportation routes since the days of the Aztecs. But like roughly a million residents of the capital, Serralde isn't connected to the city's water system.

  • John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana's attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer's contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn't understand or is intentionally misrepresenting...

  • Sept 20- A massive leak of contaminated water through a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida will cost it $20 million to $50 million to fix, a company executive said on Tuesday. The sinkhole at Mulberry, Florida, about 30 miles east of Tampa, damaged the liner system at the base of a stack of hazardous waste, called phosphogypsum, causing a retention...

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Angola's sovereign wealth fund has started investing in local state-owned farms to make them commercially viable for producing and exporting soft commodities, the fund's chairman Jose Filomeno dos Santos said on Monday. "We have to add new management to each of the farms, determine which crops will be produced, expand irrigation systems-...

  • KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii— In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. To that end, the Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, with hopes the technology can someday be used to produce clean, renewable power for offshore fueling stations for the fleet and provide electricity to...

  • TAMPA, Fla.— A phosphate company says more than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water after a massive sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond. Mosaic, the world's largest supplier of phosphate, said the hole opened up beneath a pile of...

  • Sept 16- A sinkhole spanning 45 feet in diameter opened at a Mosaic Co phosphate fertilizer facility in Florida, leaking 215 million gallons of "slightly radioactive water," a company spokesman said on Friday. The Minnesota- based company immediately reported the incident to state and federal environmental authorities, Mosaic spokesman Ben Pratt said on...

  • TAMPA, Fla.— More than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water after a massive sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond, a phosphate company said Friday. "Groundwater moves very slowly," said David Jellerson, Mosaic's senior director for...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Residents near two former suburban Navy bases are suing producers of firefighting foam once used there, claiming they contaminated the drinking water. New York law firm Weitz& Luxenberg filed the federal lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia on behalf of seven people who lived near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and the Naval...