Despite being outlawed by Congress in 1979, PCBs are still found in our air, water and soil
Just last month, The Daily Illini published a report about many Illinois residents being up in arms over a DeWitt County landfill’s plans to dump 2.5 million cu yd of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated waste at the site. The landfill just happens to be over a giant reservoir of groundwater used by 750,000 people.
The production of PCB was banned by Congress in 1979. Even though that was more than 30 years ago, PCBs are still making the news today.
The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal for water quality data. The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS's National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET).
Water Quality Products Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm recently spoke to Dan Felton, vice president of government relations for the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), about the regulatory and legislative challenges facing the bottled water industry.
Wilhelm: What are the main challenges facing the bottled water industry?
With the recent BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the passing of the five-year anniversary for Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded how delicate our ecosystems and water supplies are. But these events occurred in a generalized local area. What about water regulations on an international level?
NSF Intl., as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center, continues to foster the growth and education of the NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) Standards, what they mean and how they may be able to benefit another country.
Tracking the development of international drinking water regulations
In this issue of Water Quality Products, you will find an abundance of tips and ideas for networking of all kinds: from lead exchange groups and community service groups (“A Community Affair,” page 16) to social media etiquette and hosting “TweetUps” to bring connections made online into live gatherings (“Today’s Successful Networking,” page 14).
May 9 sessions will feature multiple experts on water-efficient building practices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 36 states will face water shortages by 2013.
It is a problem not limited to the desert Southwest but stretches to the Midwest, Florida, Georgia and other regions. EPA's WaterSense program is designed to decrease indoor and outdoor nonagricultural water use through more efficient products, equipment and programs.
Approximately 6,000 public water systems will begin monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses beginning in 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a list of 28 chemicals and two viruses that approximately 6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013 to 2015 as part of the agency’s unregulated contaminant monitoring program.
The program collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
U.S. EPA published table of human health benchmarks for 350 pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a table of human health benchmarks for approximately 350 pesticides to enable states, water systems and the public to better determine whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or source waters for drinking water may indicate a potential health risk.
Advanced testing methods now allow pesticides to be detected in water at very low levels. These small amounts of pesticides detected in drinking water or source water for drinking water do not necessarily indicate a health risk.
The toxic New York site has contaminated the public water supply
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to demolish a building, dig up contaminated soil and sediment and treat the groundwater at the Crown Cleaners of Watertown Inc. Superfund site in Herrings, N.Y.
“Arsenic Found in Groundwater.” How many times have you seen that headline? There is no doubt that arsenic has become a common household term, used not only by teenagers studying the periodic table but also by adults who have long forgotten their high school chemistry classes.
In the last 10 years, arsenic has made headlines for various reasons. Most deal with human exposure and its associated risks.
Arsenic is present in natural deposits in the earth. It can enter drinking water supplies from these deposits or from agricultural and industrial activities.
Developing less expensive POE systems for arsenic treatment