In Brief

Federal Money Targets Water Pollution From Vessel Sewage

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Federal grants totaling $2.5 million has been awarded to prevent sewage pollution in Washington state waters.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants will be used to add more locations where recreational boaters and other vessels can pump out their vessel sewage.

Washington State Parks, working with the University of Washington’s Washington Sea Grant, plans to install new septic pump-out facilities, as well as educate boats and marina owners about clean water and proper sewage disposal.

Money will be used to continue or expand pump-out locations, including free pump-out service on Lake Washington, services in Gig Harbor and the San Juan Islands, and pump-out contracts with dozens of 140 marinas. Money will also be used to monitor water quality in Lake Chelan.

Nearly $1.5 million will go to projects on the coast, while $1 million will be used for inland waters.


Indiana Residents Concerned About Sediment Disposal Plan

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Northwest Indiana residents are concerned that a plan to store contaminated dredged sediments in a local disposal facility will create health risks and won’t be an effective long-term solution to cleaning an area waterway.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says air monitoring, storing the sediments in wet conditions and a cap at the bottom of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago will reduce those risks.

Residents say the proposed 22-foot-deep dredge should be deeper in order to address the most highly contaminated sediments.

The Army Corps of Engineers needs permission from the EPA and the state Department of Environmental Management to proceed with the proposed disposal of about 60,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.


Pipeline Company Says Sabotage Possible Contamination Cause

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials from the company building twin high-pressure natural gas pipelines across northern Ohio have told federal regulators that sabotage or leaky equipment caused drilling slurry to become contaminated while cleaning up a spill near the Tuscarawas River.

The Canton Repository reports Energy Transfer Partners sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday that says company officials don’t believe there was diesel fuel in the clay-based slurry used during horizontal drilling for the $4.2 billion Rover project.

About 2 million gallons of slurry spilled into a wetland in Stark County’s Bethlehem Township in April. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency testing found low levels of diesel fuel at the spill site and in quarries where slurry was dumped.

The company says it’s hired security for the Tuscarawas River site.


Washington State Utility’s Nuclear Waste Shipments Suspended

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility’s authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment.

The Tri-City Herald reported Aug. 11 that the Washington Department of Health took the action late last month against Energy Northwest.

State officials say the utility on July 20 sent a mislabeled shipment of radioactive waste to the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.

Energy Northwest spokesman Mike Paoli says the mislabeling was minor and did not endanger public health or safety.

Paoli says the state health department acted correctly, but the shipment itself was properly packaged and accepted for storage at the Hanford site.

He says the no-shipping order means material will be stored at the Columbia Generating Station while officials review shipping procedures.


Pipeline Says They Could Ship 100,000 Barrels of Oil Daily

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the company behind a Maine pipeline says they would be able to ship 100,000 barrels of crude oil daily if they were allowed to reverse the flow of their pipeline.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland Pipe Line Corp. disclosed how much oil it could transport from Canada for the first time since they filed a federal lawsuit against South Portland in 2015.

Their lawsuit is challenging the city’s Clear Skies ordinance, which bans the loading of crude oil into tankers on the South Portland waterfront.

Attorneys for the city fought to dismiss the new information from pipeline President Thomas Hardison. A judge ruled against their motion Aug. 8, saying Hardison concluded there is “sufficient volume available” to support the flow reversal project.


Officials Investigating Oil Spill in Suburban Detroit Ditch

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental officials are investigating an oil spill that fouled a suburban Detroit drainage ditch and left residents complaining of a petroleum smell.

Ryan Schwarb of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the spill reported Wednesday traveled about 1,000 feet down the Teske Drain in Clinton Township. Absorbent booms were placed in the waterway to collect the oil.

The Detroit News reports that officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the type, size and source remained uncertain. The agency’s employees were overseeing the cleanup.

Schwarb says the City of Fraser’s Department of Public Works is reviewing its storm sewer system and is trying to track the discharge source.

Residents were advised not to pump surface water for lawn irrigation or other uses until the cleanup is complete.


Residents Express Worry About Bacteria in Rural Water System

ENTERPRISE, La. (AP) — Residents of one central Louisiana community say they’re worried about bacterial contamination in their water system.

Some residents of the Catahoula Parish community of Enterprise tell KNOE-TV that Tulane University researchers have found elevated levels of fecal coliform in water taken from their homes.

The residents say they’re afraid to drink the water, which is provided by a rural water system operated by JCP Management of Harrisonburg.

Glen Womack, who owns JCP Management, says his company can only take action if instructed by the state Health Department.


Legal Efforts to Stop Gas Pipeline Dealt Blow by Magistrate

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal magistrate has dealt a blow to some Ohio property owners’ efforts to stop a high-pressure natural gas pipeline from being built.

U.S. Magistrate Kathleen Burke in a written recommendation filed Monday says the U.S. District Court lacks jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit seeking to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving plans for the $2 billion NEXUS pipeline across northern Ohio and into Michigan.

The project is a partnership between Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge and Detroit-based DTE Energy.


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