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Alabama Utilities Blame ‘Flushable Wipes’ for Clogged Pipes

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama utility operators are trying to discourage the state’s residents from believing the claims of “flushable wipes,” asking people not to throw them away in the toilet. The utilities are blaming the wipes for clogging pipes …

Pipeline Break Spews 41,000 Gallons of Oilfield Wastewater

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 41,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has spilled from a broken pipeline in western North Dakota, impacting an unknown amount of land, state regulators said Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Environmental quality said Kansas-based Tallgrass …

Race Track Settles With Feds For Manure, Urine Discharges

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend …

Indiana’s Worst Environmental Disaster, 20 Years Later

ANDERSON, Ind. — Twenty years later, Jim Hensley still remembers that call. The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights …

Cities are Sucking our Countryside Dry, Scientists Say

TBILISI — Expanding cities are sucking up ever more water, exacerbating the effect of climate change and threatening to create a “dusty and deserted” rural hinterland, scientists said on Thursday. An international team of researchers calculated that globally at least …

Louisiana Fertilizer Firm Trying to Stop Wandering Waste Heap Edge

Crews are hauling dirt to the hardened edge of a fertilizer waste mountain in Louisiana and pumping out part of an acidic lake on top, hoping to stop the gypsum’s outward creep and prevent a potential disaster. Mosaic Fertilizer LLC …

Agency: Corroded Joint Caused Tenn. Plant Collapse

Tennessee’s workplace safety agency has issued a report faulting construction at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment plant where a wall collapsed, killing two workers. Thursday’s report from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the walls of a basin at …

Collapsed Wastewater Basin in Tennessee to be Replaced

The operators of Gatlinburg’s wastewater treatment plant say a concrete basin that collapsed, killing two workers and allowing millions of gallons of sewage to spill into the Little Pigeon River, will be demolished and replaced. The collapse during a period …