Approximately 57 residences impacted by former Kil-Tone Co. site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil at approximately 57 residences impacted by the former Kil-Tone Co. site in Vineland, N.J. Pesticides were manufactured at the now defunct Kil-Tone Co. facility, and groundwater and soil at the site, including soil in the yards of nearby homes, are contaminated with arsenic and lead.
Cleanup at Nuclear Metals Inc. in Concord, Mass., estimated at $5.7 million
A recent settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Whittaker Corp., Textron Inc., the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Energy addresses the cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the Nuclear Metals Inc. Superfund Site in Concord, Mass.
Under the settlement, Whittaker and Textron will perform a non-time, critical removal action for groundwater cleanup at the Concord site, which will be financed in large part by the federal government responsible parties. The cleanup, including EPA oversight costs, is estimated at $5.7 million.
Supplemental Revolving Loan Funding provided from $10.7 million grant package
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 33 entities nationwide will receive supplemental Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) from a $10.7 million package of grants from EPA’s Brownfields program. Entities include locations in Missouri, California, Oklahoma, New York and New Jersey. EPA plans to helping more than 40 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects.
NGWA, WQA and WSC offer advice & support
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA), the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the Water Systems Council (WSC) responded to recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research results, which found that groundwater in 25 states and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive.
NGWA issued a call to action to supplement the release of the research results. It urged residential water well users in regions where corrosive water levels have been detected to investigate and determine whether lead is present in their drinking water.
Primarily northeast, southeast and northwest states are affected
A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide showed that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence to be potentially corrosive.
Permanent monitoring wells will gauge future cleanup needs
A $600,000 work plan to install 26 permanent monitoring wells was presented to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Environmental officials seek to monitor groundwater along the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan for signs of cyanide contamination.
Potential leaks from tanks could contaminate local water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) located and removed two underground storage tanks at the former Smith Lake Trading Post in McKinley County, N.M. The 1,000-gal tanks may have been buried for more than 70 years.
Kamini Singha to discuss groundwater movement, contaminant transport in Earth's subsurface
Kamini Singha is the lecturer for the 2017 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. She will offer a choice of two lectures at participating universities and professional associations. The topics are quantifying water movement and contaminant transport in the Earth’s subsurface.
Singha is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a doctorate in hydrogeology from Stanford University.
Singha’s two lectures are:
Grants cover travel expenses to State Water Sustainability Planning Summit
The Ground Water Research & Education Foundation (GWREF) is accepting applications to provide grant funding to cover travel expenses for qualified applicants, who wish to participate in the State Water Sustainability Planning Summit: The Groundwater Connection Sept. 11 to 14. The event will take place in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Ground Water Protection Council’s Annual Forum and National Rural Water Assn. WaterPro conference.
District board of directors lowers target, drought continues
The Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors lowered its water use reduction target to 20%, but emphasized that residents should continue their efforts to conserve in the ongoing drought.
In 2015, the fourth year of drought, the board of directors called for residents to reduce water use by 30% over the amount they used in 2013. In November 2015, the board extended the call to June 2016.