News Briefs: Two Injured in Explosion at Missouri WWTP

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, newly elected Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers calls for financing to replace lead pipes and address water quality issues

Two workers remain hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during an accident at the Southwest Water Treatment Plant in Springfield, Missouri.

They had been working on a large solid waste tank at the plant when a torch ignited methane gas and caused and explosion. The workers jumped off the top of the tank, which stood about 15 feet high.

The explosion also damaged the facility’s digester, although there has been no disruption in wastewater treatment services in Springfield.

Remains Found at New Hampshire WWTP Confirmed to be Nonviable Fetus

After an investigation and an autopsy, authorities in Conway, New Hampshire, have confirmed that remains found recently at the Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant were those of a nonviable fetus.

Police say an employee found the remains in a pumping station filter during routine maintenance, and that they most likely got there via the sewer system.

Prior to the autopsy, there had been questions about whether the remains were those of a newborn infant or a fetus.

Wisconsin Governor Calls for $70 Million to Replace Lead Pipes, Fight Pollution

As part of his first state budget, newly elected Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling for $70 million in financing over the next two years to address water pollution issues and replace lead pipes.

Under Evers’ plant, the state’s Department of Natural Resources would be allowed to borrow $65 million to pay for pollution reduction efforts at the municipal level; cleaning up contaminated soil on the Milwaukee and St. Louis rivers; and municipal loans to pay for half the cost of replacing lead pipes.

The state legislature is in Republican control, and it’s unclear whether they’ll support the Democratic governor’s proposal. Republicans have created a task force and are drafting their own legislation to address similar issues.


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