Damage Prevention & Safety

Environmental groups file complaint over lead pipes

Environmental groups file a civil rights complaint stating that lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for residents of color.

Water Utility Asks Navy to Stop Fighting Hawaii's Order

A Hawaii utility asks the Navy to comply to an order to remove fuel from tanks near a city's water supply.

Hawaii Hearing Over Tainted Navy Water Ends Without A Ruling

A recommendation is expected early next week on whether the Navy has to comply with Hawaii’s order to empty fuel from a storage tank facility blamed for contaminating Pearl Harbor drinking water.

Navy Halts Use of Fuel Storage Complex Above Hawaii Aquifer

The Navy has announced that it is stopping the use of a fuel storage complex above a Hawaii aquifer after complaints of tap water smelling like fuel.

New Damage Prevention Advocacy Award Promotes Underground Safety

Ameren Illinois has developed a Damage Prevention Advocacy Award in recognition of Gina Meehan-Taylor's efforts to protect underground utilities.

Intertribal Agency Faults Wisconsin Review of Line 5 Reroute

An intertribal agency says Wisconsin is at fault for a flawed and incomplete reroute of the Line 5 pipeline.

Conservation Group Sues Army Corps Over Columbia Pollution

A conservation group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for polluting the Columbia River.

Industry Study Evaluates Underground Facility Locating Process

A comprehensive study is now available that investigates the facility locating process and offers underground facility operators recommendations to accurately locate and mark their facilities.

Infrastructure Victory Creates New Challenges for Biden

President Biden faces new challenges after his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill cleared Congress.

California's PUC OKs Boosting Storage at Infamous Gas Field

Regulators in California have voted to increase the capacity of an underground gas storage field in the Los Angeles area that previously leaked methane.

Michigan City with Lead in Water Ordered to Fix Water Plant

A Michigan city urges residents to not drink tap water due to high levels of lead found at the water plant.

California Proposes New Oil Drilling Ban Near Neighborhoods

California officials proposed to ban new oil and gas drilling near neighborhoods.

New CGA Report Documents Pathways to Improving the Efficiency of the U.S. Damage Prevention System

A new report from Common Ground Alliance encourages innovation and new practices to address challenges facing the damage prevention industry.

In South Texas, Aging Water System Meets Growing Population

Aging water systems in South Texas may not hold up against the area's growing population.

Maine’s Governor Backs Federal Plan to Tackle PFAS Contamination

Maine's governor supports the federal plan to improve issues with PFAS.

EPA Unveils Strategy to Regulate Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

The EPA announced a new strategy to restrict PFAS into the environment.

Michigan Governor Orders Urgent Response to Lead Crisis

The governor of Michigan orders government response to high levels of lead found in Benton Harbor tap water.

Clear Lake Completes Phase 3A of Exploration Green

Clear Lake City Water Authority completes Phase 3A of Exploration Green in Southeast Houston.

Debra Shore Set to Lead EPA Midwestern Office

President Biden appointed Debra Shore to lead the EPA's Midwestern office.

PPI Introduces New Standard for HDPE Pressure Pipes and Fittings

A new standard for HDPE pressure pipes and fittings has been added and will be effective Nov. 1, 2021.

2nd Spill in Weeks at US Steel Plant Prompts Precautions

A US Steel plant began leaking wastewater for the second time in two weeks.

Shifting Ground Prompts Utility to Shut Down Gas Main

A utility in Michigan shut down a gas main due to ground shifting beneath the pavement.

Ohio Senator Visits Advanced Drainage Systems to Discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), a lead Republican negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate, met with leadership and employees at Advanced Drainage System, Inc. (ADS) and discussed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. Following the..

Gas Explosion in Mexico Building Kills At Least 1

A gas leak in a building in Mexico caused an explosion injuring 29 and killing at least 1.

Sewage Plants Hit by Ransomware Attacks in Maine

Two sewage plants in rural Maine were hit with ransomware attacks.

Companies Remind Communities to Call 811 Before Digging

Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy are reminding customers to call 811 before digging to protect underground infrastructure.

Crew Safety Failure Led to Natural Gas Release and Fire in San Francisco Neighborhood

An investigation determined that safety procedures were not followed in a 2019 natural gas release and fire.

Florida Officials Sue Over Tampa Bay Wastewater Dumping

Florida officials are suing an old fertilizer plant over a 215 million gallon spill that occurred earlier this year.

Regulators Plan to Fine Pipeline Operators for Safety Issues

Federal regulators plan to fine the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline over safety violations.

Massachusetts Officials Warn of Dead Fish, Strange Odors in Charles River

Officials in Massachusetts recommend keeping away from the Charles River due to unusual odors and dead fish.