Approximately 57 residences impacted by former Kil-Tone Co. site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at approximately 57 residences impacted by the former Kil-Tone Co. site in Vineland, N.J. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Co. facility, and groundwater and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, are contaminated with arsenic and lead.
Primarily northeast, southeast and northwest states are affected
A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide showed that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence to be potentially corrosive.
Louisville Water Company initiates testing program in Kentucky
The EPA’s guidance documentation “3 Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities: Training, Testing, Telling” recommends schools routinely test their facility’s drinking water, with a focus on lead levels in drinking water fountains. In launching the 3 Ts campaign, EPA’s provides school officials and childcare facility operators with tools to understand and address lead in drinking water in their local communities.
Critics claim Governor's endorsed regulation is not strict enough
The Michigan governor’s endorsement of a plant to reduce allowable lead in water from 15 ppm to 10 ppm is not strict enough for critics, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s endorsement of the plant follows months of turmoil in Flint, Mich. where water quality has been of grave concern for residents.
Five locations added to the NPL, eight additional spots proposed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added five and proposed to add eight hazardous waste sites to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). These are sites with known or threatened hazardous waste releases that could pose risks to public health and the environment.
Testing lead in water will allow families to detect and reduce their lead exposure
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is making Lead in Water Action Kits available to families across the U.S. so they can test their tap water for the presence of lead and take action to reduce exposure. HBBF has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer an in-home kit that can detect most lead hazards in water. Each family's water samples are sent for analysis to Virginia Tech's lab - the same lab that uncovered lead contamination in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Flint, Mich.
Community is accessible to water professionals, media and the general public
With the crisis in Flint, Mich., vaulting lead risks into the public consciousness, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has launched a Web-based Lead Resource Community accessible to water professionals, media and the general public.
Joint letter notes similarities in infrastructure
Citizen groups representing the 300,000 West Virginia residents who were without safe water for more than a week in some cases after a January 2014 chemical leak have a message for the residents of Flint, Mich.: "We are with you." Emphasizing the need for stepped-up state oversight and federal investment in water infrastructure, a joint letter from 36 West Virginia groups to the residents of the Michigan city is available online.
Donations will be accepted as long as the need continues
All 100 Art Van Furniture and Art Van PureSleep locations in the Chicago metropolitan area, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio will be accepting donations of bottled water from the public to help the residents of Flint, Mich., adversely affected by the city's water crisis. To date, the furniture and mattress retailer has collected more than 400 tons of water at many of its Michigan locations.
ETS is helping to make Flint residents aware of lead hazards
Environmental Testing Services (ETS) is educating and assisting residents of Flint, Mich., in the awareness of lead hazards in their homes. ETS is a national lead testing firm that engages with residents to ensure their homes are safe and free of lead contaminants.