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  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it. Johnston said there were millions more in claims against the company...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A wide-ranging U.S. energy bill, the country's first major energy measure in more than eight years, was close to stalling in the Senate on Thursday as the chamber struggled to strike a deal to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, had proposed an amendment to...

  • LIVONIA, Mich.— Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit- area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant. Samples with the chemical were found last summer at least 7 feet below ground on the east side of Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. The automaker plans to drill borings...

  • Latest: House panel seeks documents on Flint water crisis Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:48 AM ET

    Fred Upton of Michigan and Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday seeking information on Flint. The lawmakers are asking a series of questions, including details on how the two agencies are responding to the crisis and whether it is possible to...

  • Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Michigan officials ignored federal advice to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year and delayed for months before telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water. "What happened in Flint was avoidable and never should have...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former owner of Freedom Industries has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $20,000 fine for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Media outlets report Charles Herzing was sentenced Tuesday in Charleston federal court. Robert Reynolds, Freedom's former environmental...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six ex- Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges in federal court...

  • Jan 29- Hydro One Ltd, Ontario's largest electric utility said it will buy an electricity transmission business from Brookfield Infrastructure for C $222 million. Hydro One began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November after its initial public offering, one of the largest in Canadian history. Hydro One's shares were mostly flat at C $22.45 in morning...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 27- A Brazilian federal court has revoked a lower court's injunction that had suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world's largest, Brazil's Energy Ministry said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. Belo Monte, a dam built on the Xingu River in the middle of the Amazon forest, will have a total installed capacity...

  • Navajo lawmakers approve water rights settlement with Utah Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 12:51 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved legislation Tuesday to settle the tribe's claims to water in the upper Colorado River basin in Utah. The Navajo communities in Utah currently use only a fraction of the water allocated in the settlement. It would not take effect until Congress appropriates about $200 million for water infrastructure...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved legislation Tuesday to settle the tribe's claims to water in the upper Colorado River basin in Utah. The bill passed 13-7 Tuesday without any debate and with few people in attendance at the Navajo Nation Council chambers in Window Rock. The Navajo communities in Utah currently use only a fraction of the...

  • Two years later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned residents of Hoosick Falls not to drink or cook with water from municipal wells, and a plastics plant has agreed to install a $2 million carbon filtration system at the village water treatment plant. Manufacturers agreed to phase it out by the end of 2015 shortly after DuPont reached a $16.5...

  • But big-name, national plaintiffs' firms have yet to jump into the fray in Flint, which has a population of about 100,000.. What's holding them back, several lawyers said, is not the facts or the victims, but the prospective targets: The State of Michigan, the city of Flint, and officials at various levels of government. Those suits were filed against the state, city, and...

  • El Nino isn't helping California's water woes Friday, 22 Jan 2016 | 6:43 PM ET
    Vehicles move on a flooded road in Van Nuys, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 amid a wave of El Nino storms that hit Southern California.

    The recent El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that stand at half of historic depths, federal officials said.

  • LANSING, Mich, Jan 19- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, facing protests, lawsuits and calls for his resignation over drinking water contamination in Flint, on Tuesday apologized to the city's residents and called for the state to spend $28 million on fixes. Some people have reported rashes, hair loss and other problems since Flint, under a state-appointed...

  • LANSING, Mich, Jan 19- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, facing protests and lawsuits into the state's handling of contaminated drinking water in Flint, will make the crisis the main subject of his annual speech to lawmakers on Tuesday. President Barack Obama was meeting on Tuesday with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver over the crisis. President Obama, acting on a request...

  • LUSAKA, Jan 19- Water levels in southern Africa's Lake Kariba have dropped to 12 percent of capacity, the authority in charge said on Tuesday, raising concerns about severe power rationing in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The levels were 477.25 meters above sea level on Monday, just two meters above the point their working capacity, the Zambezi River Authority, which...

  • SANTIAGO, Jan 18- A Chilean ministerial committee upheld on Monday the environmental permit for Energia Austral's Cuervo hydroelectric dams, dismissing nearly a dozen complaints filed against the controversial project by environmental and citizens' groups. The 11 complaints against Cuervo's two dams, which are slated to be built in Chile's pristine Aysen...

  • Saudi Arabia is buying up farmland in US Southwest Friday, 15 Jan 2016 | 11:40 AM ET
    Harvesting alfalfa crop

    Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are gobbling up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 14- A Brazilian court suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world's largest, just weeks before owner Norte Energia SA planned to start electricity generation, prosecutors said on Thursday. Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo of the Federal Court in Altamira, Para, said the license will be suspended...