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SALT LAKE CITY – Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University: COVID-19 had been detected at his dorm.
Students 18 and under were invited to participate in a Wastewater Access Cover design contest and they responded in droves, with 280 students of all ages submitting designs in the contest sponsored by Spokane Arts, the City of Spokane, the Lands Council and The Spokesman-Review.
Kids age 18 and under have the opportunity to have their art work displayed on the streets of Spokane for decades to come if they design the winning entry in the Wastewater Access Cover Contest.
State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by the federal government, currently under review, is too stringent to be met with current technology, while conservation groups worry a new, less strict temporary standard won’t protect the health of the community.
Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.
Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.
Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, the Associated Press has found.
Officials in the south-central Idaho city of Heyburn have agreed to move toward asking a judge to approve a bond to cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade rather than asking voters to approve the bond.
The city of Heyburn is under a consent order by the Environmental Protection Agency to bring its wastewater treatment plant into compliance or face fines that could ruin the city.
Faced with a long list of expensive and necessary upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Lewiston officials could soon ask a district judge to approve $28 million in bonding authority.
After getting voter approval for a $165 million wastewater bond, Nampa city leadership has started talks with regulators on ways to keep upgrade costs down.
A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant at the Waste-to-Energy facility on the West Plains. The material had been used as fertilizer on area farms, but concerns have sprouted about harmful chemicals in the sludge seeping into the water table.
Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.
Fight over plans to use treated sewer sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm highlights the controversy over what to do with the left overs from the state’s waste water treatment plants.
The Environmental Protection Agency will visit Lewiston on Thursday to collect public comments on Idaho’s application to write and administer wastewater discharge permits in the state. Idaho is one of four states – along with Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Mexico – that doesn’t administer its own version of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System under the Clean Water Act. Instead, the EPA writes, administers and enforces permits that allow municipal wastewater plants, industrial facilities and other producers of pollution to discharge treated water into the state’s lakes, steams and rivers.
Clearas Water Recovery, a Missoula tech company, has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from being inundated with the compounds that starve fish and plant life of oxygen. In turn, the algae can be sold to other companies for fertilizer, biofuels and other uses.
An analysis says equipment failures caused between $49 million and $57 million of damage at the state’s largest sewage treatment plant.
A broken pipe caused flooding at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bellingham.
An Idaho conservation group has filed a complaint to several state agencies asking officials to inspect a wastewater pit used by a Nampa cheese-making plant.
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle’s waste.