EPA Releases Plan to Address Pollution at San German Toxic Site

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U.S. EPA
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The public is invited to comment at a meeting on Aug. 19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, Puerto Rico.

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August 14, 2015

EPA Completes Construction of Water Line in New Jersey

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U.S. EPA
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The action protects the community from polluted groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site in Chester and Washington townships in New Jersey. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems.

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August 13, 2015

Texas Tech Awarded EPA Grant to Research Chemical Contaminants

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U.S. EPA
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The study is part of a $4 million grant to six universities to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $374,510 to Texas Tech University through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The university will develop a better approach to understanding and predicting individual- and community-level ecological effects of chemical contaminants in the environment.  

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August 12, 2015

Model Shows Severe Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Season Approaching

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NOAA
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The 2015 harmful algal bloom season is projected to be among the most severe in recent years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom

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July 15, 2015

A Toxic Situation

Last summer, the city of Toledo, Ohio, made headlines when a do-not-use order affecting 400,000 residents was issued due to microcystin contamination. Caused by a bloom of blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the contaminant forced people to turn to bottled water for all of their water needs. John Keener of Toledo Water Conditioning shared his experience with WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline.

Kate Cline: What is microcystin? How does it affect human health?

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July 1, 2015
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A Ticking Time Bomb

According to the United Nations, 10 years from now there will be more than 37 megacities around the world with populations of more than 10 million. Four of those cities will be in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.-Baltimore. 

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Aging infrastructure’s effects on safe urban drinking water delivery

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July 1, 2015
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The Toxins of Summer

As we get into the full swing of summer, water is often the focal point of fun, whether that means a trip to the local pool, a water balloon fight in the backyard or a day boating on a lake. 

It also means that it has been almost one year since Toledo, Ohio’s microcystin contamination crisis. The cyanotoxin, a result of a bloom of blue-green algae in the city’s Lake Erie source water, resulted in a do not drink or boil order being issued on Aug. 2, 2014, affecting 400,000 people in the Toledo metropolitan area.

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July 1, 2015
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Study Shows BPA Can Adversely Affect Parenting Behaviors in Mice

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University of Missouri
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Researchers have used the California mouse species to prove that offspring born to parents who are exposed to BPA receive decreased parental care by both the mother and father

Biparental care of offspring, or care that is administered by both parents, occurs in only a minority of species, including humans. Past studies have shown that maternal care can be negatively affected when females are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals including bisphenol A (BPA); however, no studies have shown how this chemical can affect maternal and paternal care when both parents are exposed.

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June 19, 2015

EPA Proposes Changes to Cleanup Plan at Olean Well Field Site

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U.S. EPA
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Extensive additional contamination was discovered after the 1996 cleanup plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to modify a cleanup plan originally issued in 1996 to address soil and groundwater at the AVX property at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in Cattaraugus County in Olean, N.Y.

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June 16, 2015

Soil: Earth’s Largest Natural Filter

Water that enters the soil and flows downward likely will be used again by society. The most common scenario would be that the downward-flowing water recharges the groundwater reserves that are then used as a source of drinking water or for irrigation. Groundwater also often has a hydrologic connection with surface water bodies, so the characteristics of the groundwater can influence aquatic habitats in a lake or river, which then may be used as a source of drinking or irrigation water.

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Soil’s benefits as a filter for a variety of contaminants

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June 3, 2015
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