Investigation shows potential health impacts for Flint, Mich., children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact lead contamination in the Flint, Mich., water supply had on the blood lead levels (BLLs) of local children. The findings indicate that when the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River without appropriate corrosion control measures, young children who drank the water had BLLs that were significantly higher than when the source of water was the Detroit municipal water system.
Kamini Singha to discuss groundwater movement, contaminant transport in Earth's subsurface
Kamini Singha is the lecturer for the 2017 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. She will offer a choice of two lectures at participating universities and professional associations. The topics are quantifying water movement and contaminant transport in the Earth’s subsurface.
Singha is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a doctorate in hydrogeology from Stanford University.
Singha’s two lectures are:
EPA schedules public meeting to address American National Can facility cleanup
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil at the former American National Can facility in Washington Township, New Jersey as part of the ongoing cleanup of the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund site. The Pohatcong site is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), which can have serious health effects.
Funding will be used to protect and sustain watersheds; secure safe drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) are providing $156,000 to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor in Florida. The foundation is one of nine projects that for the first time are receiving $1.4 million in grants to improve land management of hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds in seven states.
Payment covers prior costs for uranium mill clean up in Colorado
Cotter Corp. NSL agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $957,604 in past costs for overseeing an investigation of contamination from the company’s uranium mill at the Lincoln Park Superfund site near Cañon City, Colo. The administrative settlement agreement will be subject to a 30-day public comment period.
According to a 2014 update from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, 748 million people worldwide live without access to clean water every day. In many areas of the world, including in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, the percentage of those lacking access to potable water is much greater. Planet Water Foundation strives to alleviate waterborne disease in the world’s most vulnerable communities by providing access to clean, safe drinking water and hygiene education programs.
Installation sprint provides under-served communities clean water
One in four—that is a recent estimate of how many people are using a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated. Countless others are accessing water with other types of contaminants. The results are catastrophic: Childhood mortality, chronic illness, lost opportunity for women and girls, and economic under-development prevent communities from thriving. Despite decades of effort with significant progress, the challenge remains.
Small water enterprises provide communities access to safe drinking water
More than 250 lb of drugs passed into MWRD's collection in less than two days
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) collected 257 lb of drugs for safe disposal as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day.
The event, held at three of MWRD's water reclamation plants (WRP) and headquarters downtown, provided a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and potential harm to the environment.
Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.
Traditional Independence Day displays contribute to high perchlorate levels
Past fireworks displays are the probable cause of elevated concentrations of a contaminant called perchlorate in groundwater and surface water within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.