Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the U.S. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water.
The rule does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degredation.
Adoption and application of codes and standards and preventive measures are key to outdoor safety
As families move outdoors to enjoy warm weather this spring and summer, precautions should be taken to ensure outdoor areas are safe from potential hazards. The adoption of current model building codes and standards developed by the International Code Council Family of Companies (ICC), a strong and efficient system of code application and a workforce of building safety professionals are keys to ensuring safety inside and outside of homes.
The companies will pay a fine and conduct community service and wetlands mitigation
Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp., the largest utility in the U.S., pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
The association is seeking volunteers to develop a standard to include guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) is seeking volunteers to form a consensus body for developing a proposed groundwater pumping systems standard to include guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells.
NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416 gives manufacturers and distributors of water treatment chemicals a framework for measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of their products
Global public health organization NSF Intl. and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) have published the first American National Standard for assessing the sustainability of water treatment chemical products—NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Water Treatment Chemical Products.
The company will provide water treatment cost models and regulatory analysis tools under a new blanket purchase agreement
To help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate contaminants in drinking water, Abt Associates will provide water treatment cost models and regulatory analysis tools under a new blanket purchase agreement with the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, which develops national drinking water regulations.
The goal of the executive order is to reduce the state's water usage by 25%
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2 Rule) sets requirements for public water supplies, and vendors are developing and providing equipment to help them conform to these requirements. Demonstrating the performance capabilities of this equipment, however, has been a challenge for all stakeholders—public water supplies, state or other regulatory bodies, and equipment vendors.
Certification standards help public water systems meet EPA requirements
The labeling programs provide independent, third-party certification of products as being environmentally responsible
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) became the first and only certification body in the world to receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation to certify products for environmental conscientiousness.