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Who Owns The Water?

Who Owns The Water?

The Secret Water Crisis By Thomas M. Kostigen Mr. Kostigen strives to educate people about environmental issues through his numerous books. He has kindly focused his environmental enthusiasm around a political issue important to all human beings. We hope you enjoy and please make sure to check out the links at the bottom of this…

Missouri Left 135 Impaired Water Bodies Off Official List

Missouri Left 135 Impaired Water Bodies Off Official List

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, September 25, 2008 (ENS) – Missouri’s most recent list of impaired waters left out 135 water bodies that contain pollutants above the levels permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed decision announced Wednesday by the federal agency. The EPA did approve Missouri’s listing…

CITGO Fined $13M for Polluting Louisiana Rivers

CITGO Fined $13M for Polluting Louisiana Rivers

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana, September 18, 2008 (ENS) – CITGO, a Delaware corporation, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to pay a $13 million fine for the negligent discharge of pollutants into two rivers in Louisiana in violation of the Clean Water Act. Justice Department officials said the fine is the largest ever for a criminal…

Filling Wetlands Costly for Vermont Dairy Farmers

Filling Wetlands Costly for Vermont Dairy Farmers

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 8, 2008 (ENS) – Converting 41 acres of wetlands to corn and hay production areas on their Richford, Vermont dairy farm without a permit has cost Mark and Amanda St. Pierre more than $100,000. Under the terms of a legal settlement with the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice, the…

Bay Area Waste Company Liable for Over 100 Stormwater Violations

Bay Area Waste Company Liable for Over 100 Stormwater Violations

SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – One of the largest providers of waste management services in the San Francisco Bay area is facing hefty financial penalties from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after being found liable for over 100 stormwater violations of the Clean Water Act. EPA inspectors found evidence that California Waste…

EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

WASHINGTON, DC September 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Yazoo Pumps Project, proposed to drain wetlands in the Mississippi Delta for flood control, will not be built. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its final decision under the Clean Water Act to prohibit construction of the project first proposed by the U.S. Army Corps…

LA Runoff Must Meet Clean Water Standards During Review

LA Runoff Must Meet Clean Water Standards During Review

LOS ANGELES, California, September 1, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 21 cities in Los Angeles County and the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation has lost its legal bid to prevent the California state and LA regional water boards from applying clean water quality standards to stormwater. Ruling on a post-trial motion by three environmental…

Puerto Rico Will Create Task Force to Improve Wetlands

Puerto Rico Will Create Task Force to Improve Wetlands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Puerto Rico Land Authority have reached a settlement that requires the creation of a task force to identify, monitor and protect wetlands in Puerto Rico in order to resolve a 2007 EPA complaint over Clean Water Act violations. According…

Reading High School Builder Hit With $157,500 Fine

Reading High School Builder Hit With $157,500 Fine

BOSTON, Massachusetts, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – TLT Construction Corp. faces an administrative penalty of up to $157,500 for violating requirements of the federal Clean Water Act at a construction site in Reading, Massachusetts. In May 2004, TLT began construction of the town’s new high school – Reading Memorial High School located at 62 Oakland…

Conservationists Seek Firm Limits on Gulf Dead Zone Pollution

Conservationists Seek Firm Limits on Gulf Dead Zone Pollution

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, July 30, 2008 (ENS) – Conservation groups from nine states along the Mississippi River and two national groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to set and enforce numeric standards to limit nutrient pollution in the river basin because it contributes to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The…

Court Ruling Ends Unpermitted Ballast Water Discharge

Court Ruling Ends Unpermitted Ballast Water Discharge

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – Three environmental groups and six states have won a court ruling that requires oceangoing freighters to get a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before they can discharge polluted ballast water in U.S. waters. The decision will affect all U.S. coastal waters, including those of the…

Misapplied Herbicides Enter Klamath River Tributary

Misapplied Herbicides Enter Klamath River Tributary

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 20, 2008 (ENS) – Trees, Inc., one of the nation’s largest tree service companies, has been hit with a federal fine of $12,300 for causing two herbicides to enter a tributary of the Klamath River after employees failed to follow instructions on the product labels. Trees, Inc., a 55 year old…

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today, five environmental groups filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government and the state of Florida to set numeric limits on the excess nutrients which trigger harmful blooms of blue-green algae. Algae blooms are fouling Florida’s beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs, threatening public health, and closing swimming…

Fujicolor Employee Admits False Wastewater Reporting

Fujicolor Employee Admits False Wastewater Reporting

DALLAS, Texas, June 20, 2008 (ENS) – A former employee of Fujicolor’s film developing facility in Terrell, Texas pleaded guilty Wednesday to willfully concealing and covering up a material fact in wastewater discharge reports that must be filed under the federal Clean Water Act. Gerald Lakota admitted to reporting only wastewater samples that were within…

Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, June 16, 2008 (ENS) – Eight years of gasoline and fuel oil spills from pipelines in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Arkansas into nearby waterways has cost a publicly traded Oklahoma pipeline company more than $5 million. Magellan Midstream Partners today agreed to pay a $5.3 million civil penalty for these alleged…

Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – Four of the country’s largest home builders have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The four separate settlements resolve alleged violations of stormwater runoff regulations at construction…

Dirty Runoff From Massachusetts Roads Violates Federal Law

Dirty Runoff From Massachusetts Roads Violates Federal Law

BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court judge ruled Friday that the Massachusetts Highway Department violated federal clean water law by failing to develop an adequate stormwater cleanup plan for its 2,500 miles of urban roads and bridges. The decision, by Judge William Young, stems from a lawsuit…

Texas Asks Public Help to Clear Bacteria from Oyster Waters

Texas Asks Public Help to Clear Bacteria from Oyster Waters

AUSTIN, Texas, May 29, 2008 (ENS) – Concentrations of fecal coliform bacteria in six Houston-Galveston area bays have risen to the point that some areas are closed to the harvesting of shellfish for direct marketing, according to the Texas agency in charge of environment. “Microorganisms from human and animal waste may contaminate oysters and other…

Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – The Suffolk Downs, New England’s preeminent thoroughbred racing venue in East Boston, has been ordered to take immediate action to reduce pollutants being discharged to Sales Creek, a tributary to Boston Harbor. According to the U.S. EPA, Suffolk Downs is violating the federal Clean Water Act due to…

Railroad Sued for Water Pollution in South Carolina Wreck

Railroad Sued for Water Pollution in South Carolina Wreck

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, April 25, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government filed a lawsuit against the Norfolk Southern railroad company Thursday over pollution that settled in a creek after a deadly 2005 train crash in the mill town of Graniteville, South Carolina. Nine men died and 250 people were injured after a 42 car Norfolk…

Governor Richardson Seeks to Safeguard New Mexico Headwaters

Governor Richardson Seeks to Safeguard New Mexico Headwaters

SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Bill Richardson marked Earth Day by moving to protect all surface waters within national forest wilderness and inventoried roadless areas in New Mexico – amounting to more than 5,300 miles of headwaters streams that flow from mountain forests. Designation of these waters as Outstanding National…

Refinery Water Pollution Costs ConocoPhillips $1.2 Million

Refinery Water Pollution Costs ConocoPhillips $1.2 Million

HOUSTON, Texas, April 7, 2008 (ENS) – ConocoPhillips, an international energy company headquartered in Houston, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at a petroleum refinery it operates in the city of Borger, located in the Texas panhandle. The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental…

Montana's New Wetlands Strategic Plan

Montana's New Wetlands Strategic Plan

HELENA, Montana, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – Montana has lost about 27 percent of naturally occurring wetlands since settlement, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. The federal Clean Water Act requires mitigation for some wetland filling and dredging, however, wetlands continue to be impacted and lost as roads are expanded, land is developed…

Ship Pilot Charged in San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

Ship Pilot Charged in San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – The pilot of the container ship that collided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge last November resulting in a 58,000 gallon oil spill, was charged Monday with violating two federal laws, the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. According to the criminal charges filed…

Los Angeles, Malibu Sued Over Polluted Runoff

Los Angeles, Malibu Sued Over Polluted Runoff

LOS ANGELES, California, March 7, 2008 (ENS) – Two environmental groups filed two separate lawsuits in federal court Monday to compel the County of Los Angeles and the City of Malibu to stop allowing urban stormwater runoff carrying bacteria and toxins to flow into coastal waters. Urban runoff is known to be the top source…