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

New Groundwater Model Provides Better Understanding of Edwards Aquifer

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USGS
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The focus of the model is to simulate the interaction between freshwater, saline water and the brackish-water transition zone

Scientists have a better understanding of how water flows throughout the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer because of a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) groundwater flow model, developed in cooperation with San Antonio Water System.

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July 27, 2015

NGWA Announces 2015 Groundwater Industry Award Winners

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The awards will be presented this December during the Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) announced the recipients of its 2015 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Award, and Divisional Awards, which will be presented this December during the Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas.

Former NGWA President Scott Fowler, CWD/PI, has received NGWA’s top honor as recipient of the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Fowler, president of Dahlman Pump & Well Drilling Inc., Burlington, Washington, served as NGWA’s president in 2008 and received NGWA’s Standard Bearer Award in 2012.

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July 24, 2015

NGWA to Testify in Support of Reauthorizing of Federal Brownfields Program

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The Brownfields Program is a vehicle to investigate and clean up abandoned sites and has had a positive impact in both urban and rural locations

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) will testify in support of the federal Brownfields Program in a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment on Wednesday, July 29, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The hearing, “Helping Revitalize American Communities Through the Brownfields Program,” can be viewed live at www.transportation.house.gov.

Paul Gruber, P.G., a member of NGWA’s Groundwater Protection and Management Subcommittee, will testify on behalf of NGWA.

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July 23, 2015

WRD Completes Environmental Impact Review for Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project

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Water Replenishment District of Southern California
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Project will add nearly 3.25 billion gal per year to local drinking water supply

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) board of directors unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP) advanced water purification facility to be built in the city of Pico Rivera, Calif.

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July 23, 2015

Guidance Available on Maintaining Private Water Wells

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The new water well maintenance guidance will help well owners better know when a professional inspection or service is needed

Homeowners can get the latest guidance on maintaining their household water well systems free online by visiting WellOwner.org, a website of the National Ground Water Assn (NGWA).

Ongoing maintenance of private water wells is the responsibility of the homeowner, yet many well owners are uncertain about how to keep up with water well maintenance. NGWA recommends that all private well owners inform themselves on well maintenance, and use qualified water well system professionals to conduct detailed inspections and service.

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July 6, 2015

EPA Awards Oklahoma Funds to Reduce Contamination Risk in Underground Tanks

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U.S. EPA
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The money will be used to respond to and clean petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Oklahoma Corp. Conservation Commission $459,000 to respond to petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks (UST). The agency also will receive $809,000 to clean petroleum leaks. 

EPA recently strengthened the federal UST requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from USTs which are one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. The action also strengthened existing requirements to help ensure USTs in the U.S. meet the same release protection standards.

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July 1, 2015

Researchers Study Bacteria's Effect on Uranium Pollution in Groundwater

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Rutgers University
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Bacteria could help clean groundwater contaminated by uranium ore processing

A strain of bacteria that "breathes" uranium may hold the key to cleaning up polluted groundwater at sites where uranium ore was processed to make nuclear weapons. A team of Rutgers University scientists and collaborators discovered the bacteria in soil at an old uranium ore mill in Rifle, Colo., approximately 200 miles west of Denver. The site is one of nine such mills in Colorado used during the heyday of nuclear weapons production.

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June 18, 2015

EPA Proposes Changes to Cleanup Plan at Olean Well Field Site

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U.S. EPA
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Extensive additional contamination was discovered after the 1996 cleanup plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to modify a cleanup plan originally issued in 1996 to address soil and groundwater at the AVX property at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in Cattaraugus County in Olean, N.Y.

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June 16, 2015

EPA Releases Draft Assessment on Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources From Fracking

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U.S. EPA
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Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the U.S. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water.

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June 5, 2015
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