A new operator will manage compliance with underground storage tank requirements
The U.S. Army is taking steps to improve management of its fuel storage tanks and comply with federal laws designed to protect groundwater at Fort Wainwright Garrison, located near Fairbanks, Alaska, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The specification will help provide more water-efficient irrigation equipment options
Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for about 30% of average household water use. To help increase outdoor water efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intent to develop a WaterSense specification for landscape irrigation sprinklers.
The standard will provide minimum criteria to properly design and construct well systems
Following its determination that the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) properly met its standard development process, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved, pending a 15-day appeal period, for NGWA to issue ANSI/NGWA-01-14, a water well construction standard. Throughout the standard development process, ANSI-required core principles to be followed were openness, balance, lack of dominance, and consensus.
Public process to help promote transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA also is soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing.
New standard for internal water systems for large buildings will help with Legionella prevention
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is looking to “change the face of Legionella prevention” through consensus on a new standard for internal water systems for large buildings.
Dave Purkiss will discuss new requirements for water treatment chemicals
Dave Purkiss, general manager of NSF Intl.’s Municipal Water Products Div., will highlight new requirements for imported drinking water treatment chemicals at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, in room 257B during the American Water Works Assn.'s (AWWA) ACE14 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
It all began for me in the fall of 2012, when D.J. Shannahan, owner of Sharp Water and a Water Quality Assn. (WQA) board member, provided me with his wealth of experience to assist the state of Delaware in revising a restrictive septic law. During a visit in February 2013, Richard Mest, WQA president and president of Master Water Conditioning Corp., immediately offered his years of legislative experience throughout the U.S. and specifically in Washington, D.C., to help in Delaware.
Associations work toward revised septic laws in Delaware
Many court decisions affecting the well water industry and groundwater resources were considered and decided in 2013. This article will cover some of the most important decisions from the past year.
Court cases help shape U.S. groundwater policies
Town of Newburgh, N.Y., provides clean drinking water to area residents under EPA agreement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the town of Newburgh, N.Y., completed the construction of a drinking water treatment plant that will deliver a reliable and clean source of drinking water to local residents under the terms of a 2008 legal agreement between the town and EPA. The agreement was reached after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint on behalf of EPA alleging various violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
John D. Graham is dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
NSF Intl. appointed John D. Graham, Ph.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to its board of directors.