USGS congressional briefing addresses vital uses of comprehensive water information
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) led a congressional briefing featuring state and regional water stakeholders who spoke about vital uses of comprehensive water information that would be met by the National Water Census called for by the SECURE Water Act of 2009.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.
Leading the Way
Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world
New code passed the city assembly in July 2013
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has joined with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to encourage Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to veto changes in city code related to the recovery of refrigerant from discarded appliances. Under the new code, which passed the city assembly in July 2013, original equipment manufacturers would be responsible for the recovery of refrigerants from the appliances that were manufactured by them and that are disposed of by residential generators.
EPA finds violations of underground injection control permit requirements
Maralex Disposal LLC has been found liable for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at its commercial brine disposal injection well in La Plata County, Colo., on the Southern Ute Reservation. Maralex was assessed a penalty of $89,000.
Clearitas 350 and 450 can be used as primary disinfectants in commercial water treatment
Blue Earth Labs has been granted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectant registration (EPA Reg. No. 87437-1) for two versions of its core patented product, Clearitas, for use as standalone disinfectants to clean commercial water distribution systems. EPA registration of these product versions, Clearitas 350 and Clearitas 450, proves their effectiveness at eradicating harmful bacteria such as E.
New Mexico Supreme Court upholds law governing the issuance of domestic water well permits
The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a state law on July 25, 2013, governing the issuance of domestic water well permits that, if overturned, would have subjected residential well users to a more arduous procedure designed for commercial users.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.
Success of federal Superfund law highlighted
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney visited three Superfund sites in Orange and Dutchess counties in New York state to review and assess progress on the cleanup of contamination at these hazardous waste sites.
Shenandoah Road Groundwater Contamination — East Fishkill, N.Y.
Timmonsville has failed to fully comply with federal and state orders to correct deficiencies since 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), acting on behalf of the state of South Carolina, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina against the town of Timmonsville, S.C., for wastewater and drinking water violations.