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Water Improvement Initiative Announced in Lowndes Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to deliver critical water infrastructure to under-served rural communities. Congresswoman Terri Sewell hosted USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsak — and EPA Administrator Michael Regan — at an event in White Hall to kick-off the Closing the Wastewater Gap initiative. The goal of the initiative…

Andalusia City Officials Caution Residents of Water Filtration System Company

Andalusia city officials are urging caution after residents say a company tried selling them water purification systems worth thousands of dollars. “It was just a small package that said ‘water test,’” Andalusia resident Teresa Geohagan says. “It was something that just didn’t hit me right.” Andalusia residents have been receiving water testing kits from a company called “Rain Soft”, asking…

VW and Regulators Agree on Fix for Cars in Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have agreed to a plan for the German automaker to fix most of the diesel cars involved in its emissions cheating scandal. The company says the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved the program, which involves about 326,000 VW cars sold between 2009 and 2014. That’s the first generation of…

Hyundai, Kia Reach $41.2M Settlement With Multiple States

South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will pay $41.2 million to 33 states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation into their fuel economy ratings. The fine is the latest in the ongoing fallout from misstated mileage numbers on more than 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. In 2012, Hyundai and Kia restated the…

Demopolis Cement Plant/EPA

CEMEX will pay fines, add pollution controls.

The EPA and a cement company with facilities in Alabama have agreed to settle environmental complaints about air and water pollution at the plant in Demopolis and other locations. “The cement sector is a significant source of air pollution posing real health risks to the communities where they reside, including vulnerable communities across the U.S. who deserve better air quality…

Alabama Utility Warns Against Drinking Water

A north Alabama utility is telling people not to drink its tap water because of chemical contamination. The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority held a news conference Thursday in Decatur about potentially hazardous levels of two chemicals in water from the Tennessee River. The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an advisory about the chemicals, and authority general manager Don Sims…

Pistons’ Owner Pledges $10M to help Resolve Flint Water Woes

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Tom Gores, a Flint native and owner of the Detroit Pistons, is pledging to raise $10 million to address the short- and long-term needs of his Michigan hometown, where the drinking water is contaminated with lead. Gores said in a statement Thursday that he’s appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify…