NGWA Publishes Guidance on Hydrogeology’s Impact on Large-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The guidelines provide a useful, ongoing reference for those involved in planning or site assessment for a large-scale GHP project

NGWA Press, the publishing arm of the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA), released its newest title, Understanding Hydrogeology and Its Impact on Large-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems.

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August 31, 2015

Study Shows How Melting Snow Affects Underground Water Reserves

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American Society of Agronomy
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Researchers found melting snow could produce highly variable results within the top meter of soil

In mountainous regions, snow cover plays a critical role in water supplies. Typically, melting snow meets with three fates. It can run off the surface of the soil. It can evaporate and return moisture to the air. It also can replenish underground water levels. This process is known as groundwater recharge.

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August 27, 2015

Agreement Ensures Groundwater Study at Rhode Island Superfund Site

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U.S. EPA
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The parties responsible for polluting the groundwater at the site will perform and pay for an investigation and study to assess the contamination

The owner, operators and parties responsible for hazardous substance disposal at the Landfill & Resource Recovery Superfund Site in North Smithfield, R.I., have agreed to perform and pay for an investigation and study to evaluate the extent of, and cleanup options for, contaminated groundwater at the site.

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August 20, 2015

EPA, Maryland Settle With 16 Companies for Cleanup of Central Chemical Superfund Site

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U.S. EPA
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The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and reimburse EPA for future costs related to its ongoing oversight of the cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement involving 16 companies that have agreed to stabilize and cap waste and contaminated soils at the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown, Md., for more than $14.3 million. In addition, the companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and reimburse EPA for future costs related to its ongoing oversight of the cleanup.

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August 18, 2015

New Mexico Departments Lift Most Precautions Related to Toxic Waste Spill

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The precautions were put in place following an Aug. 5 toxic waste spill into the Animas River

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has lifted several precautions it put in place following the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River.

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August 17, 2015
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New Mexico Departments Lift Most Precautions Related to Toxic Waste Spill

EPA Releases Plan to Address Pollution at San German Toxic Site

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U.S. EPA
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The public is invited to comment at a meeting on Aug. 19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, Puerto Rico.

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August 14, 2015

EPA Completes Construction of Water Line in New Jersey

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U.S. EPA
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The action protects the community from polluted groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site in Chester and Washington townships in New Jersey. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems.

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August 13, 2015

NMED to Offer Free Private Domestic Well Testing in Animas River Valley

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The initiative is in response to an Aug. 5 mine waste spill into the Animas River

In response to the Aug. 5, 2015, spill of mine waste into the Animas River, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering to test private domestic water supply wells located in the Animas River valley in New Mexico. Testing will identify metals that are of concern in relation to the spill, and other parameters that help in understanding the general quality of well water.

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August 10, 2015

Duke Energy Begins Submitting Groundwater Assessment Reports

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Duke Energy
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The assessments contain data for each of the company's 14 coal plants in North Carolina

On Aug. 5, 2015, Duke Energy began submitting comprehensive groundwater assessments to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) for each of its 14 coal plants in the state.

The assessments are the result of thousands of hours of work by outside experts providing the most comprehensive information gathered to date about the groundwater near Duke Energy's coal ash sites in North Carolina.

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August 6, 2015

EPA Proposes Plan to Clean up Groundwater at Newfield, N.J. Superfund Site

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U.S. EPA
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Groundwater at the site is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and volatile organic compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed modifications to the plan to address contaminated groundwater at the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, N.J. A plan originally put into place by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) when it was mainly responsible for the site had required a system that pumps the groundwater out of the ground and treats it.

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August 3, 2015
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