DETROIT (AP) — Crews with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department were working Wednesday to repair 75 active water main breaks, about half the number reported since the beginning of the year. “We expect the final number for January will be the highest it has been in the past three years. Largely due to the sustained cold temperatures we are experiencing,” said Bryan Peckinpaugh, water department spokesman. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 27,423 New COVID-19 Cases, 379 Deaths Between three and 10 breaks were being fixed per day over the past two weeks. Some have caused flooding on streets and in some neighborhoods. Pipe breaks that cause water service outages are prioritized for repair, he added. Detroit has some of the oldest water infrastructure in the U.S. with some pipes more than a century old. The average age of Detroit water mains is about 95 years old. “Aging infrastructure does contribute, while we also have had sustained temperatures in the 20s and below, and the … [Read more...] about Bitter Cold Weather Leads To 150 Frozen Water Mains In Detroit
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP/.WCCO) — The Biden administration on Wednesday canceled a move by former President Donald Trump to renew mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Trump had signed an order a month before the 2020 presidential election declaring a national emergency over the country’s reliance on imported metals used to manufacture computers, smartphones, batteries for electric cars and other items. READ MORE: Hennepin Healthcare Paramedic First To Testify In Day 3 Of Federal Trial In George Floyd’s Death The reversal by Biden on the two leases follows an October decision to move forward with a study that could lead to a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Twin Metals said in a statement that it plans to fight the decision. “The federal government’s reversal of its position on the mineral leases that Twin Metals Minnesota and its predecessor companies have held for more than 50 … [Read more...] about Biden Administration Cancels Lease Agreements For Proposed Mine Near Boundary Waters
0 Politics & Government Jay Hersey began his new role on Monday, Jan. 3. Annie Sandoli , Patch Staff Posted Reply BROOKLINE, MA — The Town of Brookline has selected Jay Hersey as its new Water and Sewer Director, according to Town Administrator Mel Kleckner. Hersey, who began his new role on Monday, Jan. 3, has worked for the Brookline Department of Public Works since 2003 in a variety of roles including project manager, contract administrator, construction supervisor, and environmental engineer. He also is the President of Brookline Engineering Division Associates. "Jay has been with the town for over 19 years, has effective working relationships across departments and has proven that he is a committed public servant," said Kleckner in a statement. "All of these factors make him a great addition to the management team, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion." While serving the town, Hersey has … [Read more...] about Meet Brookline’s New Water And Sewer Director
A wide range of products — from hiking pants to mattress pads — labeled as stain- or water-resistant tend to contain toxic substances known as “forever chemicals,” a new report has found. The report, which analyzed a total of 60 products from 10 major retailers, identified per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in 72 percent of the 47 items marked as stain- or water-resistant. The researchers also found that all products that were not marketed as stain- or water-resistant were PFAS-free, a news release accompanying the study said. ADVERTISEMENT “Our testing finds continued, unnecessary use of the toxic chemicals known as PFAS in outdoor clothing and home furnishings like bedding and tablecloths,” Erika Schreder, study author and science director of the Toxic-Free Future environmental advocacy group, said in a statement. PFAS are most known for their presence in firefighting foam, but they are also ubiquitous in a variety of household products, such as nonstick pans, … [Read more...] about Stain- and water-resistant products plagued by PFAS: study
3 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The turbulent ocean waters around Florida can be treacherous even on a calm, sunny day. Throw in an overloaded boat, inexperienced mariners, stormy weather and the dark of night, and they can become deadly. The U.S. Coast Guard searched on Wednesday for any possible survivors after a 25-foot (7-meter) boat was found capsized off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida, well north of its start in Bimini, Bahamas. A good Samaritan found one man atop the overturned vessel on Tuesday; the man said he and and 39 others had left Bimini three days earlier. Authorities reported that they had found one body, while 38 other people are still missing. Homeland Security Investigations has launched a human smuggling investigation. Authorities say it is extremely difficult to find people who may be floating in the vast waters of the powerful Gulf Stream current. Migrants who try to get to the U.S. by sea "put their lives at incredible … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: Why are Florida waters so dangerous for migrants?
3 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of enforcement actions to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour by Administrator Michael Regan last fall. The agency will conduct unannounced inspections of chemical plants, refineries and other industrial sites suspected of polluting air and water and causing health problems to nearby residents, Regan said. And it will install air monitoring equipment in Louisiana's “chemical corridor” to enhance enforcement at chemical and plastics plants between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The region contains several hotspots where cancer risks are far above national levels. The EPA also issued a notice to the city of Jackson, Mississippi, saying its aging and overwhelmed drinking water system violates the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The order directs the city to … [Read more...] about EPA acts on environmental justice in 3 Gulf Coast states