EPA Announces Settlement for Cleanup of Cooper Drum Superfund Site in California

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Forty parties agree to $22 million settlement that will provide for groundwater treatment system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum site in South Gate, Calif., 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The settlement requires an estimated $15 million to construct the additional groundwater treatment system needed, including wells, piping and treatment costs, plus $7 million to reimburse EPA for its past cleanup actions at the Superfund site.

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December 30, 2015

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Residents of Flint, Mich., to Sue City, State Over Lead in Drinking Water

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Natural Resources Defense Council
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Groups begin legal process to stop ongoing violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Residents of Flint, Mich., together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s current lead contamination.

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November 16, 2015
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AWWA Releases Second Edition of Iron, Manganese Removal Handbook

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American Water Works Assn.
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Publication now available in AWWA's online store

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has released its newest publication—Iron and Manganese Removal Handbook, Second Edition by John Civardi and Mark Tompeck.

Advancements in treatment technology, new regulations and changes in the environment necessitated a second edition of Iron and Manganese Removal Handbook.

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November 9, 2015
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EPA Establishes Safe Drinking Water Task Force for City of Flint

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U.S. EPA
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The Task Force is providing technical assistance on reconnecting the Flint, Mich., drinking water system to a new source

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman established the Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force to provide the agency’s technical expertise through regular conversations with designated officials from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the city of Flint, Mich.

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October 19, 2015

Michigan Governor Recommends Flint Reconnect to Detroit Water

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American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
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The governor's recommendation is due to the city's current lead contamination

In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the city of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.

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October 9, 2015

EPA Orders Kern County Public Water System to Reduce Arsenic in Drinking Water

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U.S. EPA
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District to provide residents alternative drinking water until compliance is restored

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), located in Arvin, Calif., for arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. ACSD has agreed to provide residents with alternative water until they are found to be in compliance and will pay a penalty of $14,750.

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October 7, 2015
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American Student Wins 2015 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize

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Water Environment Federation
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The winning project introduced a filter that removes toxic heavy metals from drinking water and industrial wastewater

Perry Alagappan from Houston has won the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—an international competition for water-related research. The Prize Patron, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, presented him with the award at an Aug. 25 ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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September 3, 2015

New Mexico Departments Lift Most Precautions Related to Toxic Waste Spill

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The precautions were put in place following an Aug. 5 toxic waste spill into the Animas River

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has lifted several precautions it put in place following the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River.

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August 17, 2015
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USDA to Expand Investment in Water Quality Within Western Lake Erie Basin

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Targeted funding builds on substantial efforts on working lands Ohio, Michigan and Indiana

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region's farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms.

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August 17, 2015
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